SASI01 Greening the Economy - Lessons from Scandinavia
This is an interdisciplinary course that addresses sustainability, climate change and how to combine economic development with a healthy environment. The course will explore greening the economy on four levels – individual, business, city, and nation, and look at the relationships between these levels. Practical examples of the complexities and solutions across each level are discussed. A particular focus is placed on examples from Scandinavia, a pioneering place in advancing sustainability and combating climate change, and a unique starting point for learning about greening the economy.
On completion of the course the students shall be able to:
- Describe the basic challenges involved in implementation of the Green Economy
- Describe basic concepts, strategies and technologies that can enable the green economy
- Recognize how individual choices, business strategies, sustainable cities and national policies can promote or hinder greening the economy.
- The concept of a green economy,
- Consumer behavior - patterns and levels of consumption,
- Business strategies for transition to a greener economy,
- Sustainable cities,
- National policies
- Teaching and assessment
The course involves lectures, seminars, a paper and smaller assignments. Seminars are compulsory, and active participation required to pass the course. Grading is based on individual and group performance, via a written exam, and a paper. Students are awarded one of the following grades: Fail, Pass or Pass with Distinction.