2023-2024 / GEST7030-1

Ecological economy and managing transition


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in management (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Advanced Master in Social Economy5 crédits 
 Master in population and development studies (120 ECTS)6 crédits 
 Extra courses intended for exchange students (Erasmus, ...) (Faculty of social sciences)6 crédits 


Kevin Maréchal

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The main objective of this clas is to provide students with a first introduction to key economic notions to adequately understand the societal issues related to the ecological and social transition. After having briefly exposed constrasting approaches, the course will then mainly deal with interdisciplinary field of Ecological Economics. Its main concepts, principles of analysis and methodological tools will be presented and discussed.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Through following this class, students will be led to a fine understanding of key tools and concepts that are require to appropriately grasp the issues linked to the interations between the economic and ecological spheres. This will enable them to build a well-structured and consistent argumentation following a logical sequence.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

A basic course in economics.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Learning activities include:
Theoretical and conceptual sessions illustrated with many examples in an interactive approach (videos, 'role games', etc.)
Conference-class with transition practitioners and ecological economists
Critical readings of 'editorial-type' of scientific papers dealing with crucial topics of transition.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

The main mode of delivery is through interactive lectures.
ppt presentations of the different session will be provided after each class
bibliographical ressources will be made available for those student eager to deepen their knowledge of certain notions and two scientific papers will be given after the last session for the exam.

Recommended or required readings

The assessment method consist of a written exam:

  • restitution of learned knowldege through dshort questions on key notions
  • longer questions requiring the adoption of a more cross-cutting understanding of the course as well as the joint use of concepts dissemnited in various parts of the course
  • An 'open-book' part consisting in a critical reading of an opinion paper

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Kevin MARECHAL Assistant professor in Ecological Economics ULiège - Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech Unité d'Économie et Développement rural 2, Passage des Déportés 5030 Gembloux Belgium Tél. + 32 (0)81 62 23 63

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