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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LUBS3365 Environmental Economics

10 creditsClass Size: 140

Module manager: Thijs Dekker

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23


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:
- Identify the key linkages and dependencies between the economy and the environment
- Explain how existing (or missing) markets mechanism cause environmental challenges
- Apply core economic theories and concepts to environmental challenges
- Discuss and contrast methods to translate environmental impacts into economic terms
- Design and evaluate policies to address specific environmental challenges
- Effectively synthesize theoretical and empirical evidence regarding the effectiveness of environmental policies

Skills outcomes
Upon completion of this module students will be able to:
- Critically appraise conflicting scholarly opinion and evidence in academic and policy debates

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
Private study hours80.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

This could include a variety of activities, such as reading, watching videos, question practice and exam preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Your teaching methods could include a variety of delivery models, such as face-to-face teaching, live webinars, discussion boards and other interactive activities. There will be opportunities for formative feedback throughout the module.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3,000 words100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by 3,000 word essay.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 11/05/2022 09:42:40


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