Political Economy of the Environment (802AF)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

This module explores a series of environmental issues and challenges through the lens of different political economy approaches. Early sessions survey different ways of thinking about the environment in political economy terms of who wins, who loses, how and why from the prevailing distribution of benefits and burdens of resource use and allocation. Concepts from political economy, political ecology and ecological economics among others are then drawn upon to make sense of the actors, institutions and decision-making procedures at work in a range of key issue areas such as climate change, forests, energy, food and water. We explore key contemporary debates within each of these areas and encourage you to develop your own critical thinking on these issues.


Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: