On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
analyse different ways to measure development, poverty and welfare;
relate to historical and idea-historical perspectives on economic thinking and economic development;
critically analyse corporations role and societal responsibility from a global perspective;
reflexively highlight and discuss global power relations and apply a justice perspective on the sustainability challenge;
analyse the global economic system and its institutions, actors and trends from an transdisciplinary perspective;
from a multidisciplinary perspective compare and critically analyse the basic assumptions, explanatory models and proposed solutions of different economical theories in relation to the present sustainability challenge.
The course initially focuses on historical and idea-historical perspectives on economic thinking, economic theory and economic development. Attention is focused on giving the students basic knowledge in neoclassical theory, environmental economics and ecological economics. Likewise, views on nature and man within economical theories are discussed and in relation to this, the problem of measuring and evaluating, the relation between economical growth and the environment and the influence of the consumer society. Different dimensions and connections between development and under-development and between poverty and wealth are also highlighted. Attention is also given to global economic institutions, world trade, business, globalisation and societal responsibility.
Lectures, seminars, panel discussions and documentary screenings. The lectures are given by guest lecturers from different academic disciplines and other relevant societal sectors. Space is given to active student participation, critical thinking and reflection.
The student is examined through written assignments and active participation in seminars.
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.