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Postgraduate Course: Applications in Ecological Economics (PGGE11003)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe purpose of this course is to explore a range of methods that allow researchers to analyse different aspects of coupled ecological-economic systems. These methods constitute part of the ┐toolkit┐ that:

(1) Enables researchers to analyse real world environmental problems from an ecological economics perspective
(2) Can be used to enhance economic and environmental policies

For each of the methods featured in the course, students will learn through a combination of lectures and hands-on practical sessions.
Course description Wk Date Content Reading/Briefs
(to be completed before subsequent class)
1 11 Jan. Introduction to Course
Note: No reading is required prior to this lecture.
Go through introductory Excel tutorials 0
Go through introductory reading 0

2 18 Jan. CBA 1 ┐ Introduction to CBAs

This session will demonstrate how to complete simple CBA analyses, and will then show how to extend this to show hyperbolic discounting, and simple sensitivity analyses.
Read on material on LEARN 0

3 25 Jan. CBA 2 ┐Practical Analysis 1
Read on material on LEARN 0

4 1 Feb. CBA 3 ┐Practical Analysis 2
Read on material on LEARN 0

5 8 Feb. CBA 4 - Practical Analysis 3 Attend at least one of the ILW events 0
Optional: Session on
6 15 Feb. ILW ┐ No Class ┐ Special Sessions TBA
┐ Social metabolism analysis
┐ LCA Read MCA 1 Materials 0

7 22 Feb. Multi-criteria Analysis 1 - Micro Read MCA 2 Materials 0

8 1 March Multi-criteria Analysis 2 - Macro Read BBN Materials 0

9 8 March Bayesian Belief Networks (BBN) Read ABM Materials 0

10 15 March Agent-Based Modelling (ABM) 1 Read Q Materials 0
Contribute to Q Prep as required 0

11 22 March Q Methodology 1 Read about Q analysis 0

12 29 March Q Methodology 2 Capstone Project 0

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 44, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 152 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Summative:
3000 word Essay (45%)
4000 word Capstone Project (55%)

Optional, weekly case study briefs.
The opportunity to receive comments on an outline for the capstone project.
Possibly quizzes associated with the assigned readings to help students gauge the extent to which they have understood the key material.

This assessment structure involves a mix of instructor imposed structure and student choice. It is intended to require/enable students to show a depth of knowledge across the whole course, as well as allowing them to
investigate topic(s) of their own interest more deeply.
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. understand what is meant by ecological economics problems (EEP's)
  2. know the key features of a range of methodologies relevant to decision making in the context of EEP's.
  3. have gained an appreciation for what is involved in implementaing a variety of methods.
  4. have practised critically appraising the suitability of particular methods to particular problems.
  5. be aware of how these methods have been applied to different aspects of particulare EEP's.
Reading List
Perspective Setting:
Turner, Pearce & Bateman (1994) Environmental Economics. An Elementary Introduction. Harvester Wheatsheaf. [Two copies on reserve SAC library]
Pearce, D. and Turner, R.K. (1990) Economics of Natural Resources and the Environment. Harvester Wheatsheaf. [Two copies on reserve SAC library]
Faber, M, Manstetten, R. and Proops, J. (1996) Ecological Economics: Concepts and Methods. Edward Elgar.
Political Science/Sustainability/Economic critique/Measuring sustainability
Clayton, A.M.H. and Radcliffe, N.J. (1996) Sustainability: a Systems Approach. Earthscan. [KB bookshop/library catalogue]
Reid, D (1997) Sustainable Development. Earthscan. [KB bookshop/library catalogue]
Meadows, D.H., Meadows, D.L. and Randers, J. (1992) Beyond the Limits. Earthscan. [KB bookshop/library catalogue]
Daly, H.E. and Cobb, J. B. (1989) For the Common Good. Green Print.
Edwards-Jones, G., Davies, B. and Hussain, S.S. (2000) Ecological economics. An Introduction. Blackwell: Oxford. Chapters 1-3 and 11.
Multi-criteria analysis/Participatory Appraisal
Edwards-Jones, Davies and Hussain (2000) Ecological Economics: An Introduction. Blackwell: Oxford. Chapters 7 and 10 [SAC library]
Additional Information
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KeywordsApplications in Ecological Economics
Course organiserMs Corinne Baulcomb
Tel: 0131 535 4031
Course secretaryMrs Elspeth Martin
Tel: 0131 535 4198
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