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Embedding Sustainability in the Economics Curriculum

This Handbook chapter addresses the challenge of incorporating sustainability into Economics curricula. The task of placing this issue in the curriculum involves a range of choices for the programme designer; it also requires the teacher to take an inherently multi-faceted, complex and interdisciplinary concept and place it in a disciplinary context. There are several reasons for trying to meet these challenges, including the opportunity for students to develop depth of understanding, the ability to weigh up conflicting opinions and value systems and make decisions in the light of them, and to develop systemic thinking skills.