Digital Economy and E-Business (LGVR)
Cod: 61090
Department: DCSG
Scientific area: Economy
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

The main objective of the Economics of Sustainable Development course is to understand the concepts of economics and sustainable development and also to present different perspectives for understanding and defining the interaction of society and the economy with the natural environment, thus emerging different ways of achieving sustainable development.



Sustainable Development




Circular Economy

Improve, with a view to specialization, the exercise of functions in the area of retail and sustainability, and learn to manage them in a more efficient, holistic and integrated way.


more efficient, holistic and integrated way;


Identify the main concepts, policies and instruments associated with sustainability in the retail sector, namely those related to


territorial and environmental management, biodiversity in urban areas, the circular economy and energy and mobility management;


Apply and use a variety of tools to perform their professional duties in the area of sales and retail;


Develop a critical attitude of personal reflection leading to professional improvement in the area of local sustainability.

The syllabus for this course is divided into 6 topics:


P1. Economics and sustainable development. The economic approach to identifying and solving environmental problems. Strong and weak sustainability


P2. Introduction to microeconomics


P3. Market failures for the environment; Economic approach to pollution control


P4. The vision of ecological economics: sustainable scale, efficient allocation and fair distribution. Natural resource management: economics of non-renewable resources and economics of renewable resources - Economics for a finite planet.


P5. Green Economy and Circular Economy: concepts and tools for a systemic approach to sustainable production and consumption.


P6. Cost-Benefit Assessment and Positional Analysis - economic evaluation of environmental resources.

1. Ferreira, J. (2021). Economia Circular e Sustentabilidade. Clássica Editora.

2. GONÇALVES, F., PEREIRA, R., LEAL FILHO, W., AZEITEIRO, U.M., (Eds.) 2012. Contributions to the UN Decade of

Education for Sustainable Development “in the series Umweltbildung, Umweltkommunikation und Nachhaltigkeit -

Environmental Education, Communication and Sustainability, Peter Lang 430 Pp).

3. WELFORD, R. (1998). Corporate Environmental Management 1. Earthscan. 2nd edition. Londres


Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a final digital test, Global e-folio (e-folio G) at the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final exam (100%).