Course code ECN306

ECN306 Economics of Sustainability

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Course responsible: Arild Einar Bjørn Angelsen
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: School of Economics and Business
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2017-2018
Course contents:
The course consists of two parts. First, it provides an introduction to key concepts, theories and conceptual frameworks on the economics of sustainability. Examples include: definition of sustainability (environmental, social, economic), 'doughnut economics' and 'Limits to growth', green taxes, cap-and-trade, environmental valuation, and green nudging. Second, students will apply these to a specific case (problem or policy related to sustainability). Examples include Norwegian policy issues (e.g., subsidies of electric vehicles, rush-hour taxes, petroleum licences, technology development), or international issues (e.g., carbon trading).
Learning outcome:

Upon completion of the course, the students will:

  • Have an undertsanding of economic concepts and theories relevant to sustainability.
  • Be able to apply these to specific problem or policy measures.
  • Have good skills in doing independent collection of relevant information, data and research.
  • Have improved their skills in group work and presentation of own work.
Learning activities:
The first part is will be in the form of lectures, student presentations and group discussions. The second part will be group work. The groups will do independent search and compilation of information on the chosen topic and prepare a presentation.
Teaching support:
Each group will be assigned a faculty member as a mentor for their case study. 
Selected journal articles and book chapters.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Mandatory participation in the group work. Mandatory participation in 2/3 of the lectures. 
A group presentation makes up 100% of the final grade. Pass/fail.
Nominal workload:
150 hours
Type of course:
Three hours per week for lectures (part 1) and group work (part 2). One full day for presentation of cases at the end of the course.
External examiner will control the quality of syllabus and criteria for the examination.
Examination details: Continuous exam: Bestått / Ikke bestått