British Columbia Institute of

Important Notice: COVID-19 Institute response


BSUS 7100 - Ecological Economics; Social and Environmental Policy

Sustainable Business Part-time Studies Course

School of Business + Media

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the fall 2021 term as informed by BC Public Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

Course Details

This course introduces students to the field of ecological economics by providing a theoretical grounding in first principles and exploring efficiency in the distribution of resources in society. The course covers the philosophical and theoretical basis of both neo-classical and ecological economics—emphasizing how economic systems interact with social and environmental systems. The course focuses on how to reduce pressure on nature and increase human wellbeing in economically viable ways with reference to case studies that provide opportunities to examine economic principles and their application to environmental, social, and resource-use issues.


Acceptance into the Bachelor of Business Administration Degree program.



This is a new course and is currently scheduled to be offered for the first time through BCIT Part-time Studies in the Winter 2022 term.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the conceptual framework and approach of the rapidly growing interdisciplinary field of ecological economics.
  • Examine methods for analyzing links between types of consumption and production and the bio-physical impacts on nature.
  • Analyze the philosophical and theoretical basis of the neo-classical economic paradigm.
  • Analyze the philosophical and theoretical basis of the ecological economic paradigm.
  • Assess possibilities for reducing socio-economic pressures on nature through technological change and ecological restructuring.
  • Critique the major theories and programs (such as eco-efficiency, eco-effectiveness, ecological modernization, and industrial ecology) that can restructure contemporary economies to reduce their pressure on nature and increase human wellbeing.
  • Propose policies that reduce pressure on nature and increase human wellbeing in economically viable ways with reference to ecological economic empirical research.

Effective as of Winter 2022

Related Programs

BSUS 7100 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Business + Media

  1. Bachelor of Business Administration
    Full-time/Part-time   Bachelor of Business Administration


Interested in being notified about future offerings of BSUS 7100 - Ecological Economics; Social and Environmental Policy? If so, fill out the information below and we'll notify you by email when courses for each new term are displayed here.

Privacy Notice: The information you provide will be used to respond your request related to BCIT course information and is collected under Section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). For more information about BCIT’s privacy practices contact: Associate Director, Privacy, Information Access & Policy Management, British Columbia Institute of Technology, 3700 Willingdon Ave. Burnaby, BC V5A 3H2, email:

Programs and courses are subject to change without notice.

Find Courses

School of Business + Media Waitlist

Need to waitlist for a School of Business + Media course?

Find out more

English Language Proficiency

BCIT's Part-time Studies English Language Proficiency Standard is English 12 (or equivalency). Students who do not meet this requirement should upgrade their English skills prior to any future registration.

Payment Changes At BCIT

We've changed the way we accept payments.

Find out more

Course Navigation, Related Links & Tools

Registration News

Registration is currently open for the Fall 2021 term.

The sneak preview for the Winter 2022 term starts Fri, Oct 22 at 8:30 am (PDT).

Students may register for Winter 2022 term courses online or by phone starting Wed, Oct 27 at 9:00 am (PDT).

Classroom Locations

Classroom locations are subject to last minute changes. Please check the Part-time Studies Classroom Locations listing at on the first day of any course you are registered for.

Part-time Studies Financial Aid

Will you be studying at BCIT part-time? Do you need assistance funding your studies? Find out if you qualify for Part-time Studies financial aid.