Ecological Economics


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • explain the key concepts and theories of ecological economics
  • explain the foundation of ecological economics in thermodynamics and ecology
  • explain the main differences between mainstream and ecological economic perspectives
  • explain the common roots and shared fields of ecological economics, ecological anthropology and political ecology


  • apply ecological economic concepts in analyses of relations between economic growth, energy and environment
  • compare and assess different approaches to valuation and decision making in relation to concrete analyses of environmental problems
  • analyse the relationship between institutional frameworks and environmental problems and discuss the possibilities for governance


  • interpret how different economic paradigms are reflected in political strategies and measures to address economic and environmental crises
  • cooperate with professionals from different disciplinary backgrounds on sustainability strategies and mediate between different patterns of thought.

Type of instruction

The classes include a combination of lectures, group work, exercises and student presentations. Students have to do the readings before each class and to prepare short presentations or interventions. The written work that forms the basis for the assessment must be done during the course as well.



Name of examEcological Economics
Type of exam
Oral exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleØkologisk økonomi
Module codeTBITANK18105
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudyboard for Techno-Anthropology and Sustainable Design
DepartmentDepartment of Planning
FacultyTechnical Faculty of IT and Design