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Economic analysis, the environment and sustainable development

Kurs

Environmental Economics and Sustainable Development

7.5 hp

HT2019

100%

Campus

The main objective of this course is also to show how economic analysis can be used to deal with environmental problems and to promote sustainable development. By applying standard microeconomic analysis to the field of natural resources, the environment and sustainable development, we examine ways that policy makers can meet environmental challenges.

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Tools and knowledge for analysing important societal issues After studying Economics, you can work in both the public and private sectors, for national or international organisations, with issues relating to the economics of society. In the private sector, it is common for economists to work at banks or in companies in the financial sector. However, economists may also work at consultancies or other companies that require socio-economic expertise. In the public sector, you could work at government ministries, public authorities, municipalities or the Swedish Riksbank. Studying Economics gives you important, societally beneficial knowledge. After your studies, you will have the tools and knowledge necessary to analyse important societal issues Studying Economics is not only a strength on the labour market, but it also provides an important general education for understanding our societal economy. Read about research in this subject
Fundamental understanding of environmental economics through critical analysis This course aims to provide you with a fundamental understanding of environmental economics, by showing you how economic analysis can be used to deal with environmental problems and to promote sustainable development. You will learn to apply standard microeconomic analysis to the field of natural resources, the environment and sustainable development, and suggest ways in which policy makers can meet environmental challenges, including climate change. As part of this, you will provide economic explanations for environmental degradation and describe the economics of pollution control, natural resource use and sustainable development. The knowledge and understanding that you gain about the consequences of climate change and knowledge of international environmental problems will help you critically assess empirical and theoretical literature, so you can identify policies for solving environmental problems at local and international levels in a sustainable way. Course design The course is taught through lectures and seminars, and is assessed via written examination and your participation in the seminars.
How can we manage sparse resources and work towards sustainable economic growth? Economics is important for societal democracy, as the purpose of the subject is to investigate how we manage and distribute sparse resources. The subject therefore has a strong link to most of the UN global goals. Economics has a broad perspective that covers many societal functions, everything from conditions for businesses and employees to those for sustainable development and the role of the financial market in global stability. Economics covers many different areas and has clear links to many current societal problems. Studying the subject provides insight into environmental economics, development economics, financial economics, industrial organisation, labour market economics and various theories of international trade. These areas are strongly associated with current societal problems such as trade wars and globalisation, unemployment and integration, poverty and opportunities for development in low-income countries. If you study Economics, you will gain important societal knowledge that is beneficial on the labour market, as well as tools for analysing important societal problems. At Södertörn University, our aim is to teach the subject using a broad perspective and an unconditional approach.