GY468      Half Unit
Environment and Development: Sustainability, Technology and Business

This information is for the 2018/19 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Richard Perkins S413, Prof Giles Atkinson and Dr Charles Palmer


This course is available on the MSc in African Development, MSc in Development Management, MSc in Development Studies and MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

The number of students that can be accommodated is limited. If the course is over-subscribed, places will be allocated at the Department’s discretion and a waiting list may be created. For further details, please contact your relevant Programme Coordinator


Students who have not completed a course in first year undergraduate level Economics might find it useful to audit EC100 Economics A.

Course content

Theories of economic development, well-being, wealth and the challenge of sustainability; Nature, natural capital and development; Measuring progress towards sustainability; Economic growth and the environment; Trade, investment and the environment; Technological lock-in, system transformation and the innovation of green technologies; Corporate social responsibility: Drivers, strategies and outcomes


15 hours of lectures and 9 hours of seminars in the MT.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 1 essay in the MT.

Indicative reading

Atkinson G, Dietz S, Neumayer E and Agarwala M (eds.), Handbook of Sustainable Development, Edward Elgar, 2nd edition, 2014; Blowfield M and Murray A, Corporate Responsibility, Oxford University Press, 3rd edition, 2014.


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.

Student performance results

(2014/15 - 2016/17 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 13.5
Merit 46.2
Pass 34.6
Fail 5.8

Teachers' comment

Key facts

Department: Geography & Environment

Total students 2017/18: 22

Average class size 2017/18: 6

Controlled access 2017/18: Yes

Lecture capture used 2017/18: Yes (MT)

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Communication