YOU NEED TO REACH a minimum of 75 hours given by the sum of
a) attendance to classes,
b) time for learning names and numbers of all SDGs, and STUDYING 6 of them.

c) reading/watching the learning materials

If you reach/surpass 75 hours with the readings marked with an "A" you can skip the readings marked with letter B (or some of them). HOWEVER you have to tell me the day before by handing in the excel sheet where you annotated the time spend for Principles of Sustainable Developmenbt course. I will not ask you questions on the paper of the B list that you could not read.

If you read everything, then you will submit the excel sheet after the exam.

The timesheet will have NO effect on the final mark.


In the exam page there is a link where to update your excel sheet, I will open it the day before the exam.

A=compulsory, B=if you manage, C= optional, to learn more

Topic 1 and 2: What is SustDv? Limits to growth
A  Harris, Jonathan M. "Basic Principles of Sustainable Development" (2000).
A Mick Common: Roles for ecology in ecological economics and sustainable development


Topic 3: The anthropocene and the material basis of the economy
A Boulding, K. (1966). The economics of the coming spaceship Earth. In Environmental Quality in a Growing Economy. H. Jarrett Ed.
A Crutzen, P. J. (2002). Geology of mankind. Nature, 415(6867), 23-23.
A Steffen, W., Grinevald, J., Crutzen, P., & McNeill, J. (2011). The Anthropocene: conceptual and historical perspectives. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 369(1938), 842-867.
B1 Moore, Jason W., "Anthropocene or Capitalocene? Nature, History, and the Crisis of Capitalism" (2016). Sociology Faculty Scholarship.: INTRODUCTION only  (
B2 Fischer‐Kowalski, M., Krausmann, F., Giljum, S., Lutter, S., Mayer, A., Bringezu, S., ... & Weisz, H. (2011). Methodology and indicators of economy‐wide material flow accounting. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 15(6) (ONLY up to the first column of p. 862
B3 Luzzati T., 2009, Human needs, sustainable development, and public policy: learning from K.W. Kapp (1910–1976), in Salvadori N. and Opocher A. (eds.), Long-run Growth, Social Institutions and Living Standards, Edward Elgar, 306-322
A Georgescu Roegen: Minimal Bioeconomic Program



Further Readings (optional)
C Daly, H. E. (2007). Ecological economics and sustainable development, selected essays of Herman Daly, Edward Elgar
C Avallone G, Leonardi E, 2018, Anthropocene? More like ‘Capitalocene’
C Spire S., 2018, Review: Anthropocene or Capitalocene?
C Georgescu Roegen (1975), Energy and Economic MythsSouthern Economic Journal, Vol. 41 (3), pp. 347-381
C Holling, C. S. (2001). Understanding the complexity of economic, ecological, and social systems. Ecosystems, 4(5), 390-405.
C Krausmann, F., Gingrich, S., Eisenmenger, N., Erb, K. H., Haberl, H., & Fischer-Kowalski, M. (2009). Growth in global materials use, GDP and population during the 20th century. Ecological Economics, 68(10), 2696-2705.
C Rockstrom et al. 2009, A safe operating space for humanity
C Smil, (2000) Energy in the XXth century (sections 2, 5, 8)
C Crutzen and Stoermer, 2000, Anthropocene


Topic 4: The precautionary principle
A Costanza 1989, What is ecological economics (excerpt)
A Stirling, The Guardian 2013
A Stirling, A. (2007). Risk, precaution and science: towards a more constructive policy debate. Talking point on the precautionary principle. EMBO Reports, 8(4), 309–315.
A SLIDES Precautionary Principle (compulsory)

Topic 5: Basics in "circular economy"
A de Man, R. and Friege, H., 2016. Circular economy: European policy on shaky ground, 93-95. Waste Management & Research, 34(2), 93–95.

C -Skene, Keith Ronald. "Circles, spirals, pyramids and cubes: why the circular economy cannot work." Sustainability Science 13, no. 2 (2018): 479-492.
C -Korhonen, J., Honkasalo, A. and SeppŠlŠ, J., 2018. Circular economy: the concept and its limitations. Ecological economics, 143, pp.37-46.
C -Dodick, J. and Kauffman, D., 2020. A Review of the European Union Circular Economy Policy. Report from Project The route to circular economy. Project funded by European Union Horizon.

A General study
A Preparing you presentation and discussion

A Inventing questions

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