Business and Management
Environmental Economics is the study of the vital interplay between the economy and the natural environment, and the urgent need for sustainable development which will benefit both current and future generations. The course will explore Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) considerations and how we embed these within business strategy and operations.
This course is suited to:
Environmental Economics is aimed at students who are interested in learning more about the core ideas and philosophies underpinning the study of our natural environment and the economy. The course will review some key environmental issues which impact the achievement of sustainable development, including climate change, pollution, waste, resource depletion, deforestation and biodiversity.
The course is for experienced professionals who have a personal interest in this area, might want a career change or use as a precursor to further higher education. You do not need prior knowledge in economics.
What will I learn?
This course will focus on the environmental aspect of the ESG metrics, by exploring key environmental issues and how addressing these issues should be incorporated into ESG-conscious business practices. By investigating into these issues, you will learn how to formulate sustainability strategies with a core focus on carbon footprint reduction, and to operationalise concepts such as “net zero”, circularity, and waste minimisation in organisational practices.
- Critically reflect on how economists view and approach the environment
- Evaluate the vast interdependence between the economy and the natural environment
- Consider the 'Limits to Growth' hypothesis and whether it stands up to thorough academic scrutiny
- Critically discuss sustainable development as a prerequisite for minimising the impacts of economic growth on resource use and waste assimilation sinks
- Reflect on the contemporary environmental issues that inform Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) metrics, with reference to climate change, pollution, resource depletion, waste, deforestation, and biodiversity
- Interpret secondary data and published findings
- Evaluate the effectiveness and appropriateness of environmental-related ESG interventions
- Synthesise relevant data to substantiate the need for ESG alignment
- Display written and verbal communication skills
- Carry out a critical evaluation of environmental policies.
How is the module assessed?
|Open ended questions||0||120 words per week|
|Video presentation||30||10 – 15 minutes|
|Individual report||60||3000 words|
|Module reflection||10||500 words|
For this course, you should expect to engage in structured learning activities for 10-15 hours per week on average, plus additional time spent on self-directed learning (such as further reading or preparing for assessments).
The course can be completed in a maximum of 17 weeks. Typically, there are 10 weeks of taught content, and the final submission is in week 11. The rest of the time is made up for marking and feedback.
Dr Mario Du Preez
Lecturer (Education and Scholarship)
There are no academic entry requirements for our online short courses. We will, however, consider all applications individually on merit, and will in particular consider applications where there is evidence of significant relevant work experience or professional qualification.
English language requirements
International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course.
" The online learning platform at Exeter is great.
The platform lays out all the information simply and I find it useful that each week structures the learning into bitesize chunks. "
Online International Business student
Starts January 2024
- 17 weeks (including teaching, assessment and feedback time)
- 10-15 hours per week on average
- 30 Masters level credits