Fall 2021 - REM 321 D100

Ecological Economics (4)

Class Number: 5686

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    AQ 3149, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 9, 2021
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    EDB 7618, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units.



Introduces students to the concepts and methods of ecological economics. Provides students with grounding in the core principles of conventional economics applied to the environment but then extends this to the integration of economics and ecology to create a new ecological-economic understanding of environmental change and sustainability. Students with credit for ENV 321 cannot take REM 321 for further credit. Breadth-Social Sciences.


REM 321 will introduce you to the concepts and methods of ecological economics. We will learn, critique and use several tools from ecological economics, including cost-benefit analysis, valuation of ecosystem services, measures of economic growth versus development, and definitions of “sustainability.” We will draw from real-world examples of environmental problems, including climate change, fisheries management and biodiversity loss.


Once you complete this course, you will be able to:

  1. Define and explain the major modern environmental problems.
  2. Critically evaluate the strengths and drawbacks of economic concepts of the environment.
  3. Apply course concepts and tools to real-world environmental problems (e.g. media coverage).
  4. Challenge your own assumptions regarding environmental and economic issues, and understand/develop your personal values.
  5. Develop collaborative, interdisciplinary learning and thinking skills.
  6. Demonstrate the level of respect and organization expected in the workforce.


  • Participation 15%
  • Assignments 30%
  • In-class Quiz 5%
  • In-class Midterm exam 20%
  • Final exam - comprehensive 30%



Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: A Contemporary Approach, 4rd Edition (2018), Jonathan Harris and Brian Roach, M.E. Sharpe.
Available through SFU Bookstore website: http://www.sfu.ca/bookstore/coursematerials
Also on reserve at SFU Library.

A number of additional online (electronic) readings will be uploaded to the Canvas site, including reports and journal articles.

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