London, United Kingdom

Economics for Sustainability: Climate Change and Social Inequalities

when 20 July 2020 - 7 August 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 2100

The 2020 UCL Summer School has been cancelled due to the spread of Covid-19.

The module wishes to take students on a journey of discovery and insightful perspectives, when thinking about complex sustainable development challenges. The focus is on the widespread global wicked problems of climate change and social inequalities, particularly viewed through an economics lens. Contrary to the conventional way of teaching economics, a tour-de-force of diverse and rich economic perspectives is pursued, rather than following standard textbooks and their typical monopolising viewpoint. The module is problem-oriented. The emphasis is first on observed empirics and factual trends concerning the respective sustainability provocations, before diving into the explanatory body of pluralist economics. Moreover, the module aims to boost students’ creativity and imagination, will engage students and allow for plenty of interaction. It will also bring a novel and experimental element to the teaching method by connecting economic thinking with the world of arts and culture, in order to more vividly illustrate a point.

Course leader

Dr Serban Scrieciu is currently a senior research fellow with the Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering at UCL’s Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment. His research explores the extent to which core concepts and principles from systems th

Target group

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required to study this module but students are expected to have a keen interest in the subject area.

Course aim

The main objectives of the module are threefold. First, the module aims to present students with a range of
economic perspectives on key sustainability challenges, such as climate change and inequality. It departs from
the traditional approach, in that it advocates for plurality in economics, and allows students to make their own
mind, as to which economic explanations they consider to be most appropriate. Second, the module focuses on
the facts and realities describing two salient interdependent sustainability challenges, climate change and
inequality. It thus responds to increasing calls for just or equitable sustainability transformation pathways. Third,
the module will refer to the world of arts and culture, such as comic strips, photography, painting, and literature
to convey understanding in a more colourful and attractive way. The view is that arts can help with both
effectively communicating complex issues and helping spur creativity and innovation when thinking about
sustainability futures.

Credits info

7.5 EC
15 UCL credits, 7.5 ECTS, 4 US

Fee info

GBP 2100: There's a built-in tuition fee discount for students studying for 6 weeks (2 modules).
GBP 1100: Accommodation (optional) is available, close to campus in central London. The cost will be approx. £1100 per 3-week Session.