• Class Number 2943
  • Term Code 3030
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr Ida Kubiszewski
    • AsPr Ida Kubiszewski
    • Prof Robert Costanza
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/02/2020
  • Class End Date 05/06/2020
  • Census Date 08/05/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
SELT Survey Results

Ecological Economics is the study of the allocation of available resources among alternative desirable ends within and between generations. This ecological economics course integrates theory and application, introducing theory and background through seminal papers, books, and lectures and application through a problem-based learning approach. Through a project, students work in groups or individually on specific research problems chosen in consultation with the instructor, applying the ecological economics framework to solving these problems

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On successful completion of this course, students will have:

  1. demonstrated theoretical knowledge of ecological economics, and its possible contribution to a vision of a sustainable and desirable future;
  2. cognitive skills to identify, to critically analyse and  formulate a whole systems approach to ecosystem and economic system structure and function;
  3. improved skills to evaluate and design policy tools based on ecological economic principles.

Required Resources

All required and recommended readings will be provided on Wattle.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
  • Written comments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Overview, definition & history of ecological economics
2 Differentiating between neoclassical and ecological economics
3 Societal challenges and paradigm shift
4 Resources of nature and nature of resources
5 Ecosystem Services 1
6 Ecosystem Services 2
7 Systems thinking and modelling
8 Human behavior and governance
9 Measuring Well-being
10 Principles of Ecological Economics
11 Alternative Policies, Institutions, and Instruments to Implement Ecological Economics Principles
12 Summary Overview and Wrap-up

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Paper 40 % 03/06/2020 03/07/2020 1,2,3
Final paper abstract 10 % 29/04/2020 13/05/2020 1,2,3
Peer-Review of Abstracts 5 % 06/05/2020 13/05/2020 1,2,3
Discussions 25 % * * 1,2,3
Quizzes 20 % * * ?1,2,3

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 03/06/2020
Return of Assessment: 03/07/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3


Pick a societal problem of interest to you. … Provide a potential solution to that problem grounded in what you have learned in this course. … The paper should be no more than 1/2 about describing the problem and the rest describing a solution.

Length:… ~2500 words (abstract is not included in this word count)

Marking Criteria:

  • Incorporation of feedback from outline
  • Identification of key problem
  • Development of solution
  • Structure of the response
  • Coherence of response
  • Demonstrated understanding of the relevant literature
  • Demonstrated independent thinking & creativity
  • Referencing Presentation of paper (including spelling, grammar)

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 29/04/2020
Return of Assessment: 13/05/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Final paper abstract

Write the…  abstract for your final paper. …  As your paper, this should briefly describe the problem and focus primarily on describing the solution which you will be more thoroughly explaining in your final paper.

Length: 300…  words

Marking Criteria:

  • Identification of key problem and potential solution
  • Demonstrated independent thinking & creativity
  • Clearly articulates the key aspects of the paper

Assessment Task 3

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 06/05/2020
Return of Assessment: 13/05/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Peer-Review of Abstracts

Peer-review two of your peers' abstracts.…   Write feedback for each of your peers on their abstracts.…  

Length:…  150 words…  for each abstract

Marking Criteria:

  • Comment on the writing style of the abstract. Is the abstract concise?
  • Comment on their solution.…   Is it a feasible solution?
  • Provide advice on how to improve their paper.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 25 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3


Three short discussions related to courses content.

Due: 9 March, 27 April, 18 May

Length:… 400 words each

Marking Criteria:

  • Identification of key problem
  • Development of proposal/solution
  • Structure of the response
  • Coherence of response
  • Demonstrated understanding of the relevant literature
  • Demonstrated independent thinking & creativity
  • Referencing Presentation of paper (including spelling, grammar)


Assessment Task 5

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: ?1,2,3


Multiple choice quizzes covering the readings (4 quizzes).

Quizzes held on 18 March, 22 April, 13 May, 1 June


Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5 points of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information. In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service — including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy. If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes. Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
AsPr Ida Kubiszewski
02 6125 5706

Research Interests

Ecological economics, Ecosystem services, Wellbeing indicators

AsPr Ida Kubiszewski

Friday 13:00 14:00
AsPr Ida Kubiszewski

Research Interests

AsPr Ida Kubiszewski

Friday 13:00 14:00
Prof Robert Costanza

Research Interests

Prof Robert Costanza

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