Political Economy of the Environment (ECOP3015)


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.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x1200wd Essay (25%), 2500wd Case study (45%), 1x800wd Group tutorial paper/presentation (20%), Tutorial participation (10%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

6 credit points from ECOP2011, ECOP2012 or ECOP2612, and 6 credit points from ECOP2613, ECOP2614, ECOP2616, ECOP2617, ECOP2618, ECOP2619 or ECOP2911.



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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.