Societal Challenges in Economics
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleMAN-MEC054
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Nijmegen School of Management; Master Economics;
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dr. S.C. Füllbrunn
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dr. S.C. Füllbrunn
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dr. S.C. Füllbrunn
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dr. S.C. Füllbrunn
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prof. dr. R.K.J. Maseland
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Academic year2022
1  (05/09/2022 to 06/11/2022)
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Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Organised around societal challenges addressed in the Sustainable Development Goals, SCiE aims to provide an economist's perspective on selected challenges related to sustainability we face in the upcoming decades. The next step is to understand how digital transformation provides ways to address these challenges. 
This course provides an economist‘s perspective on the societal challenges we face in the upcoming decades. Organised around the Sustainability Development Goals, we address two concepts: Sustainability and Digital Transformation.

In the first two weeks, all students will consider these two concepts by applying different economics frameworks while also addressing the interplay with other disciplines. In addition, we set the base for what is expected in the master's programme to bring all students on the same page (academic skills, background assumptions). 

Each specialisation will look at these concepts from their perspective in the next four weeks. How do Sustainable Finance and FinTech help to address these societal challenges (Specialisations: Corporate Finance & Control, Financial Economics)? How do concepts like the Circular Economy, the Gig Economy or Behavioural Economics consider these challenges in a Globalised World (Specialisations: International Business, Economics, Behaviour and Policy, International Political Economy, International Economics and Development)? How can new information systems and managerial accounting frameworks help create awareness of these societal challenges (Accounting & Control)?

In the last week, all students come together and learn from each other about the similarities of the specialisations‘ perspectives but also about differences.

Additionally, we plan some additional guest lectures related to the course to broaden your horizon. 
SCiE is a course in the master's programme.
Presumed foreknowledge
As you are admitted to the programme, your level is sufficient to participate in this course. We presume knowledge of ‘economics 101’, e.g. elements derived from courses like Micro- and Macroeconomics and Introduction to Economics. We might recall some of those elements but expect to be familiar with the underlying concepts. We expect sufficient academic skills to read and understand scientific papers and to be able to summarize information from different sources.

To prepare for the course, it would be helpful to make yourselves comfortable with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals ( and their relationship to the three layers: Biodiversity (our life support system), Society (the way we want to live together), Economy (organisation of production and consumption, trade, money, value). 

Test information
We plan take-home assignments and an exam at the end of the course.
The assessment forms are not finally determined, though. 

Ma 1

Recommended materials
Articles/texts to read
Due to the multiplicity of the course, we will provide relevant material shortly before the course. Such material consists of chapters in books available in the library, papers, online text, etc.

Instructional modes

Written Exam
Test weight1
Test typeExam
OpportunitiesBlock 1, Block 2