GEOG 5004 - Environmental Economics and Policy
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code GEOG 5004 Course Environmental Economics and Policy Coordinating Unit Geography, Environment and Population Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Incompatible GEST 5004 Course Description This course introduces various environmental policy instruments in response to contemporary local and global environmental problems and discusses the economic concepts and principles embedded in the policy instruments. The course examines conventional command-and-control strategies and an array of pollution control alternatives that are based on market incentives. The course investigates more decentralised approaches including property rights approach, (e.g.community-based environmental management). The course also discusses ecological approaches including precautionary principle and safe minimum standard.
Course Coordinator: Dr Jungho Suh
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Course Learning Outcomes
1 Generate an understanding of the environmental economics concepts and principles applied in the interplay between economy and the environment. 2 Develop an understanding of the role of environmental economics in the design of public policies for environmental quality improvement. 3 Identify principal criteria for evaluating environmental policies. 4 Develop a sound understanding of various approaches (e.g. command-and-control approach, market-based approach, property rights approach) to mitigating contemporary global and local environmental problems (e.g. air pollution, water pollution, land degradation). 5 Develop an understanding of public disputation over the choice of environmental policy instruments. 6 Develop an ability to critically analyse environmental policies in terms of efficiency and equity amongst different stakeholders, by way of various case studies. 7 Generate a sound understanding of contested views of and pathways to sustainable development.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3, 4, 5, 6 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 5, 6, 7 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 5, 6, 7
Required ResourcesField, B.C. and Field, M.K. 2013, Environmental Economics: An Introduction, 6th edn, McGraw-Hill Irwin, New York. (Other editions can also be consulted.)
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLecture slides will be posted, in pdf format, to the course webpages progressively after the respective lecture is delivered. That way, you are free from having to reproduce the material in the Powerpoint slides during lectures. However, much detail will be conveyed to the audience verbally. No video or audio recording service will be provided for this course. All material covered in lectures are examinable. Therefore, it is imperative for you attend lectures and take notes.
Each lecture is followed by a workshop-style seminar. The seminars provide an opportunity to explore the ideas, perspectives and issues central to the course, through discussion, debate and collaboration amongst the students in your discussion group.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Lecture and seminar: 3 hours per week
Lecture material reading: 8 hours per week
Assignment preparation: 8 hours per week
Exam preparation: 5 hours per week
Learning Activities Summary
* The sequence of lectures is subject to change.
Schedule Week 1 Introduction Week 2 Neoclassical views of environmental problems Week 3 Design of environmental policy Week 4 Command-and-control approach Week 5 Market-based approach Week 6 Property rights approach Week 7 Cap-and-trade approach Week 8 TBA Week 9 Ecological views of sustainable development Week 10 Ecological economics Week 11 Green economy and green society Week 12 Course summary / Exam preparation
Specific Course RequirementsIt is compulsory for the students to participate in seminars to be held after every lecture unless otherwise notified. You are expected to play an active role in the seminars. This will include taking part in discussions and making brief oral presentations.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceYou are expected to play an active role in a workshop discussion group. This will include working through discussion questions, and making brief presentations and taking part in discussions. The discussions will help you be prepared for the end-of-semester examination as well as the ‘academic essay’ assignment.
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Activity Weight (%) Seminar participation 10 Academic essays 50 End-of-semester exam 40 Total 100
Assessment Related RequirementsTBA
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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