3907306: Economic Perspectives on Sustainable Development - Seminar

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Semester:SS 15
Scheduled in semester:6
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:60.0 L / 45.0 h
Self-directed study time:135.0 h

Module coordination/Lecturers


Bachelor's degree programme in Business Administration (01.09.2012)


  • History and definitions of sustainable development
  • Sustainable economics comprising the 3 pillars of sustainability (ecology, economy, society): theoretical approaches to sustainable development based upon concepts of Evolutionary Economics, Ecological Economics, Feminist Economics and Economic Sociology
    • Social construction of the economy
    • Ecological construction of the economy
    • Economic growth and sustainable growth dynamics
  • Indicators and measurement of sustainable development
  • Political agenda of sustainability including fiscal and monetary policies and regulations of firms and markets


Lectures Method

  • Sessions with inputs on theories
  • Reading assignments (Textbook and journal article)
  • Media analysis (e.g. film clips, newspapers, campaigns)
  • Reflections on own biographies from a sustainability perspective
  • Verbal illustrations and use of anecdotes and parables
  • Hall of Fame by topic (scientific and political leaders, heroes)
  • Discussion groups conducted by students as chairpersons
  • Debate (informal) on current issues by students from class
  • Using case studies reported in literature to illustrate principles and facts
  • Drama, role playing
  • Peer feedback sessions


Carpintero, Ó. (2013). When Heterodoxy Becomes Orthodoxy: Ecological Economics in The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. American Journal Of Economics & Sociology, 72(5), 1287-1314

Christen, M., & Schmidt, S. (2012). A Formal Framework for Conceptions of Sustainability - a Theoretical Contribution to the Discourse in Sustainable Development. Sustainable Development, 20(6), 400-410

Connelly, S. (2007), Mapping Sustainable Development as a Contested Concept. Local Environment, 12(3), 259-278

Daly, E.H. 1996. Beyond Growth. Boston: Beacon Press.

Ferber, Marianne A. and Julie A. Nelson, eds. 1993. Beyond Economic Man: Feminist Theory and Economics. Chicago/London: University of Chicago Press.

Harlow, J., Golub, A., & Allenby, B. (2013). A Review of Utopian Themes in Sustainable Development Discourse. Sustainable Development, 21(4), 270-280

Ionel-Alin, I., & Irimie Emil, P. (2013). CONCEPTUAL DELIMITATIONS ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. Annals Of The University Of Oradea, Economic Science Series, 22(1), 252-261

Jackson, T. (2012) Prosperity without growth. In: F. Hinterberger, E. Freytag, E. Pirgmaier and M. Schuster (Eds): Growth in transition, p. 62-65. Abington/New York: Earthscan/Routledge.

Jackson, T. T., & Marks, N. N. (1999). Consumption, sustainable welfare and human needs -- with reference to UK expenditure patterns between 1954 and 1994. Ecological Economics, 28(3), 421 - 441.

Mebratu,D. (1998). Sustainability and sustainable development: Historical and conceptual review. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 18( 6), 493-520

Özkaynak, B., Adaman, F., & Devine, P. (2012). The identity of ecological economics: retrospects and prospects. Cambridge Journal Of Economics, 36(5), 1123-1142.

Sharachchandra M. Lélé (1991). Sustainable development: A critical review. World Development, 19(6), 607-621

Strober, M. H. (1994). Rethinking economics through a feminist lens. American Economic Review, 84(2), 143.

Thompson, S., Marks, N. and Jackson, T. (2013) Well-being and Sustainable Development. In: S. David, I. Boniwell and A. Conley (Eds): Oxford Handbook of Happiness, p. 498-517. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Plus students' literature research


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