Course Instructor: 

EDSD 523: Sustainable Enterprises and Entrepreneurship 

Class Time: XX day, 4.30 PM to 7.30 PM

Credit Hours: 3

Term: Spring 2017

Office Hours: By Appointment



The objective of this course is to provide students with an introduction to various approaches to the connection of the economics and sustainability. The course will provide students with the basic concepts and associated tools needed to enable them to analyze issues and problems at the boundary of the economy and the sustainable development issues from a range of viewpoints. Most of the problems we address in environmental studies is embedded in one way or another to the functioning of the economy. However, we regularly take this essential basic component of our general public as guaranteed, considering it to be an intricate subject best left to economic "specialists" and their models. This course expects to get through these boundaries

This course aims to break through these barriers. It looks to furnish understudies with a progressed, yet exceedingly available preface to the different ways to deal with the relationship amongst financial aspects and sustainability. It tests key inquiries that are indispensable for the work we do in natural reviews, yet which frequently need clear answers:

• Is economic development great or terrible in nature?

• Do we have to put a cost on nature keeping in mind the end goal to save it?

• Is it conceivable to plan a genuinely sustainable economy?

• What is the proper part of market signals in environmental policies?

This course looks at these inquiries, and in addition the reasons why distinctive market analysts normally give clashing responses to them. The point of the course is not to give a 'right answer' or prepare understudies specifically financial or numerical 'strategies'. Rather, it tries to furnish understudies with a comprehension of the contrasting perspectives and their related strategies, including their qualities, shortcomings and relevance in an arrangement setting

The five modules of this course empower students to develop theoretical understanding on different issues of economics and their linkages with the sustainable development. They also focus on the existing economic practices of development in the regional context of South Asian countries with a particular focus on Nepal and for developing critical understanding of the application of economic theories to the sustainable development. It enables students to understand specific economic issues and their relationship with sustainable through research approach.


Course Objectives

Understand the concept, rationale, and importance of economic issues, their interrelations.

Analyze economic activities and link their outcomes with sustainable development practices in Nepal

Understand the theoretical bases of economic of sustainability, including current practices of the state.

The critically review the existing practices of economic policy, planning and the dynamics of the state and their impact on sustainable development.

Understand the existing economic resources, consumption and their effect on local level sustainable development.

Understand various dynamics of economic policy and sustainable development.

Develop the consciousness in sustainable development friendly economic development processes


Course Learning Outcomes

1.         Demonstrate an ability to explain and illustrate the elements and concepts of economics and their   interrelationship to sustainable development.

2.           Able to analyze economic policy, and policy formulation and planning processes sustainable economic development.

3.         Demonstrate an ability to come up with different options of local and sustainable development friendly economic development policy and planning.


Week 1: Course and module introduction.

Assessment Plan

Classroom attendance and participation – 10%

Essay Writing Assignment (2) – 20%

Midterm exam--10%

Class Presentation – 10%

Final Exam – 50%












Grade Point



















Notes on Journal Writing

Length: 1500 words

APA style guidelines to be followed


Course delivery modality


Individual assignment

Presentation and discussion

Case presentation

ICT using video clips and online sources


Online Resources



Academic Journals

International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology; London

Journal of Global Responsibility

Sustainability Science

Latrônico, Fernanda; Campos, Lucila MS. Ambiente & Sociedade

Environment, Development and Sustainability; Dordrecht

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education; Bradford


Note: The instructor/facilitator reserves the right to make necessary amendments as and when he feels it is necessary.