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Exam [replacement] /3542

Given the ongoing pandemic, the final exam has been replaced with a piece of coursework that draws from essay questions that would have been set for the exam.

  • 1500 words (+/- 10%) essay
  • represents 50% of final grade
  • Submit by 11.59am on Thursday 6th May 2021– submit via Turnitin (this is in the second week back after the vacation)

Select and answer only ONE question from the SIX below (all questions are equally weighted)

  1. Outline the basis for carbon pricing as a policy response to climate change and identify the issues and barriers that may fail to be addressed by a carbon pricing approach.
  2. How credible is ‘net zero’ as a policy target and what issues may arise in pursuing it, given current policy responses and government intent?
  3. What concerns may exist in attempting to calculate financial values for things like natural capital degradation or biodiversity loss?
    What implications might these concerns have for policy responses to such issues?
  4. What significance does income inequality have in relation to the causes and impacts of climate change?
    To what extent does the degrowth perspective offer solutions to such matters?
  5. Critically assess the role that electric vehicles (EVs) may play in mitigating transport emissions.
    What alternative responses should be considered?
  6. Using examples, critically review the application of circular economy approaches to addressing the issue of plastics waste.

Module Learning outcomes

Assessments relate directly to the module’s learning outcomes (below). The coursework’s assessment criteria will reflect the following learning outcomes:

  1. Understand selected models and concepts in ecological economics, with recognition of appropriate authors and originators.
  2. Discuss and analyse environmental issues from an ecological economics perspective, utilising suitable tools of analysis.
  3. Critically assess applications of selected economic models to contemporary environmental, economic and policy contexts.
  4. Critically survey published literature from a variety of sources and engage effectively with online (re)search tools.

Assessment criteria

The essay must:

  • Provide evidence of relevant reading and research.
  • Demonstrate a clear and concise writing style.
  • Demonstrate the student’s understanding of any theoretical concepts that the question addresses.
  • Draw appropriate conclusions that fit with the preceding analysis.


  • The essay should be typed in 12 point Arial or Helvetica (with 1.5 line spacing) and follow an essay-style format.
  • It should identify a minimum of six “academic” sources. “Academic” sources are textbooks and academic journal articles.
  • The word count excludes the title page, reference list and any appendices.
  • The maximum word count is 1650 words. Essays should not be less than 1350 words.
  • It must be submitted in digital form to the Turnitin assignment drop-box on the module’s Blackboard site. Digital submissions must be received by the assignment deadline. Don’t assume instantaneous delivery.
  • Good referencing and academic practice will be credited, as will good standards of written English.

Grading and feedback on the assessment will be provided using this pro forma (see weightings and mapping of learning outomes).