London, United Kingdom

Economics for Sustainability: Climate Change and Social Inequalities

when 15 July 2024 - 2 August 2024
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 2585

The module wishes to take students on a journey of discovery and wider understanding, when thinking about complex sustainable development challenges. The focus is on the global wicked problems of climate change and social inequalities, as well as the societal responses to these, particularly from an economics lens. Contrary to the conventional way of teaching economics, the module pursues a tour-de-force of diverse and rich economic perspectives, rather than following standard textbooks and their typical insistence on a particular strand of economic thinking.The module is problem-oriented with special attention given to critical thinking, differing views, and practical and policy implications. The emphasis is first on observed empirics and factual trends concerning the respective sustainability provocations, before diving into the explanatory body of pluralist economics and wide range of policy actions. Moreover, the module aims to boost students’ creativity and imagination, engage participants, and allow for plenty of interaction. It also proposes a novel, experimental element to the teaching method by connecting economic thinking with the world of arts and culture, in order to illustrate, more vividly, a point.

Course leader

Dr Şerban Scrieciu

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

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

understand the nature and properties of sustainability problems
understand the main facts behind the sources and possible consequences of manmade greenhouse gas emissions and rising social inequalities
be aware of a wider range of economic perspectives in explaining both economic behaviour and the interactions between the economy, the environment and the social dimension
think more holistically when shaping solutions for socially-just and climate-smart futures
be more open to readily link science with arts, and more likely to accept the role that esthetical and ethical value judgements play in influencing innovation and societal developments

Credits info

7.5 EC
7.5 ECTS, 4 US, 15 UCL

Fee info

GBP 2585: There's a built-in tuition fee discount for students studying for 6 weeks (2 modules).
GBP : Students have the option of living in UCL Accommodation, close to campus in vibrant central London.

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