Ecology, Environment, and Economics: Market forces and Sustainability

Ever wonder how environmental concerns affect the economy? How do increasing “green” governmental initiatives influence business decisions? Can consumer markets and business initiatives lead to a sustainable environment? How are the conflict between market forces and environmental integrity resolved?

As it becomes more widely recognized that most environmental problems, whether small-scale or global, are the result of a complex interaction of natural processes with economic forces and decisions, the protection and sustainable management of the natural environment has become a growing concern across the globe.

The protection and sustainable management of the natural environment is an area of increasing concern across the globe. It is widely recognized that most environmental problems, whether small-scale or global, are the result of a complex interaction of natural processes with economic forces and decisions.

This course examines the continuing tension between market forces and environmental integrity and explains how economic theory views the relationship between economic activity and the natural world. Examples of local, regional, national, and international issues are presented and discussed. The course gives students the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of the different ways in which economic decisions, market forces, and government policies affect the environment while also providing a sustainable way for development and growth.

EXAMPLE CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES (2-4 PER COURSE)

  • Borough Market
  • The Darwin Centre, Natural History Museum 

COURSE OUTLINE

Ecology, Environment, and Economics