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Transformative Ecological Economics FE312E

Transformative Ecological Economics FE312E

ECTS Credits 7.5
Level Graduate
Course type Minor, elective
Start semester Autumn 2021
Year of study 5th study year
Course location Campus Bodø
Faculty Nord University Business School
Teaching language English
Application deadline  

Course description

Ecological economics is a transdisciplinary science in continuous development. Based on a deeper understanding of the interaction between economy, nature and society, the course discuss how to implement a process towards development of sustainable societies characterized by high quality of life within viable ecosystems. Achieving the goals requires fundamental changes in economic theory and practice.

Anchored in a description and discussion of different sources of inspiration for the development of ecological economics, future change is highlighted and evaluated along several dimensions, worldview, economic system, economic practice and individual behaviour.

To be creative and innovative, it is not only necessary to look far ahead in time, it also necessary to have knowledge of historical processes. The dynamics of historical development are analysed based on the tension between ideology and utopia.

Through theoretical insights and practical examples, the students provide a good foundation for developing and implementing economic and social responsibility in business, non- profit organizations, NGO¿s and public administration.


No costs except semester registration fee and course literature.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes


¿ Have knowledge of key concepts, models and theories in the syllabus

¿ Have knowledge of transdisciplinarity in theory and practice

¿ Have knowledge of and be able to describe how the tension between ideology and utopia creates energy for change processes

¿ Have knowledge of how thermodynamics, Darwinism, anthroposophy and Buddhist philosophy have influenced the development of ecological economics

¿ Have knowledge of how worldview affects theory and practice regarding the interaction between economic system, business practice and the economic actor



¿ Be able to use theoretical knowledge to understand practical challenges in connection with problem understanding, analysis and concrete solutions

¿ Be able to organize and implement various forms of dialogue in practice

¿ Understand the function of banking and money within ecological economics


General competence

¿ Design reports that show the circular relationship between production, distribution, consumption and re-distribution (functions in circulation economics), between economics and ecosystems and between economics and social systems

¿ Be able to design and show how long-term visions for how sustainable development in economy and society can be implemented in practise

Mode of delivery


Teaching activities and methods

Lectures, dialogues, group exercises, discussions

Course literature

The reading list can be found in Leganto.
FE311E - Ecological Economics 1

Permitted examination aids

Pen, pencil, ruler, bilingual dictionary and simple calculator.

Course evaluation

Annual evaluations which are included in the university's quality assurance system

Assessment and examinations

Compound evaluation (first instance 2015 autumn).
  • Written examination, 4 Hours. Worth 60/100 of the grade (first instance 2015 autumn).
  • Paper, 6 Weeks. Worth 40/100 of the grade (first instance 2015 autumn).

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