Description du cours

Intitulé de l'Unité d'Enseignement

Topics in Economics and Environment

Code de l'Unité d'Enseignement


Année académique

2020 - 2021



Nombre de crédits


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Langue d'enseignement


Enseignant responsable

ROMAN Philippe

Objectifs et contribution de l'Unité d'Enseignement au programme

The course aims at:
- Developing future managers' understanding of the multidirectional and complex relationships between economic systems and socio-ecological systems;
- Providing students with facts, concepts, theories and analytical tools that help analyse these relationships;
- Increasing awareness and understanding of what these relationships mean in terms of business management in the 21st century.

Prérequis et corequis

Description du contenu

The following topics will be addressed:
- The place and significance of environmental issues in economic theories
- The impacts of economic activity on ecosystems and their theoretical framing
- The constraints that evolving ecosystems place on economic growth
- The diverse ways of conceptualising and measuring sustainability at the global and national levels, as well as at the level of individual firms
- Why and how valuing the environment, in monetary terms or otherwise?
- Environmental policies and their effects on firms

Méthodes pédagogiques

The class is meant to be interactive and participative.

Depending on the evolution of the sanitary situation, online lectures will alternate with classroom teaching and interactive sessions (Q&A, group discussion, quizzes...).

Reading research papers is an integral part of the course as a way of fueling enlightened debates.

Mode d'évaluation

Assessment will take the form of an online written exam (multiple choice questions + open questions).

Références bibliographiques

All course slides, papers and useful links to be found on Moodle.

Indicative bibliography:

Harris, J.M., Roach, B., (2013), Environmental and Natural Resource Economics. A Contemporary Approach, Routledge.

O'Neill et al., (2018), A good life for all within planetary boundaries, Nature Sustainability, vol. 1, p. 88-95.

Raworth, K., (2018), Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist, Random House.

Ropke et al., (2017), Ecological Economics, Aalborg University (free e-book).

Sommer, A., (2012), Managing Green Business Model Transformations, Springer.