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LUBS3365 Environmental Economics

10 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Thijs Dekker

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20


LUBS2140Intermediate Microeconomics

This module is not approved as a discovery module


This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the inter-relationships between the economy and the environment and the skills and knowledge to show how economic principles can be applied to the formulation and assessment of environmental policies.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to interpret and outline:
- the core theories and concepts of environmental economics
- the economic dimension of global, regional and local environmental problems through application of said theories and concepts

Skills outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Work as an effective team player
- Present coherently to a variety of audiences

Subject specific
- Apply knowledge of the discipline to develop critically evaluated policy solutions to address identified environmental problems


Indicative content
The theory of environmental economics and the applications of this to global, regional and local environmental problems.

Lectures will cover the economic background, externalities and public goods, choice of instruments for government intervention, the economics of natural resources and of transboundary pollution, the application of cost-benefit analysis to environmental problems and economic perspectives on sustainability.

Seminars will cover application to problems such as global warming, loss of biodiversity, noise and air pollution.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Revision Class12.002.00
Private study hours76.00
Total Contact hours24.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

For each 10 credits of study taken, the expectation is that the normal study time (including attendance at lectures and tutorials, self-study and revision) is 100 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Assessed work carried out across the module. All students will be expected to contribute actively to seminars held throughout the module.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentAssessed by submission of presentation slides plus accompanying 1000 words explanatory notes25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)25.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by 2 hour examination.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins75.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)75.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by 2 hour examination.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/04/2019


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