Units of Study Outlines

ECOP3015 - Political Economy of the Environment

Semester 2, 2014  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Joy Paton


This unit of study examines how economic interactions with the environment are conceptualised, and the nature of environmental problems, their emergence and how they are 'managed' within capitalism. Different conceptions of the economic-environment relation are explored largely through the lectures which introduce theories of environmental economics, ecological economics and radical critiques of human interactions with ecological systems. Tutorials examine concrete economic-environment problems along with the public policies and business management practices implemented in response.


1200wd essay (25%) and 2500wd case study (45%) and 800wd group tutorial paper/presentation (20%) and tutorial participation (10%)


1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week


ECOP1001 and (ECOP1003 or ECOP1004)




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