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280234 VO PIK1 Legislation, Policy and Economics (NPI) (2021W)



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Language: English

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Voraussichtlich digital. Die Durchführungsform kann sich jedoch zu Beginn des Semesters noch ändern. Alles Weitere erfahren Sie zu Beginn des Semesters vom Lehrenden.

Friday 08.10. 08:00 - 12:00 Digital
Friday 15.10. 08:00 - 12:00 Digital
Friday 22.10. 08:00 - 12:00 Digital
Friday 29.10. 08:00 - 12:00 Digital
Friday 05.11. 08:00 - 12:00 Digital
Friday 12.11. 08:00 - 12:00 Digital
Friday 19.11. 08:00 - 12:00 Digital
Friday 26.11. 08:00 - 12:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course is mainly concerned with concepts about the enivronment-economy relation, and how these concepts translate into policies and legislation.

Topics (selection)
Sustainable Development,
Economic Growth (GDP, technical progress, population growth, innovation, energy, renewable energy sources),
Environmental policies and regulation (goals of environmental policy, determinants and instruments of environmental policy, global institutions of environmental policy and regulation, the Kyoto Protocol and the European Carbon Trading Scheme and Paris Agreement, to name just a few).

The course is split into four lectues:
Lecture1: Content
Differences and similarities of natural sciences and social sciences.
Different (economic; social science) paradigms and their implications for policies and legislation.
Learning outcomes:
You know what a scientific paradigm is.
You are familiar with some essential differences (and similarities) between natural and social sciences.
You are aware that economics and other social sciences are, in principle, multi-paradigmatic.
You are able to connect policies and legislation with their underlying economic rationale and paradigm.
You are aware of, how different paradigms conceptualize the relation between humans and their environment.
You know how Environmental Economics, Natural Resource Economics and Ecological Economics relate to different paradigms in economics.

Lecture 2: Content
Sustainable Development: Origins and History of the Discourse about Environmental Issues.
Social Ecological Crisis: Current Situation and Discourse.
Learning outcomes:
You are familiar with the term sustainable development and the political discourse around it.
You are familiar with the political discourse about how to deal with environmental issues and problems.
You are familiar with the term Social Ecological Crisis and challenges related to climate change.

Lecture 3: Content
Economic growth/GDP,
Green growth,
Learning outcomes:
You are familiar with production oriented economic measures of progress.
You are able to see challenges and difficulties to reconcile production (and consumption) growth with environmental protection and conservation.
You are familiar with alternative concepts and indicators of economic progress (besides sustainable development).

Lecture 4: Content
Environmental valuation,
Sustainability measurement,
Environmental policy.
Learning outcomes:
You are familiar with the following methods, concerned with environmental valuation: Cost-Benefit Analysis, Input-Output Analysis, Multi-Criteria Analysis.
You are familiar with the following indices of socio ecological economic outcomes: Index of Sustainable Economic Welfare (ISEW), Genuine Progress Indicator, Sets of Indicators, Ecological Footprint, Material Input per Service Unit, Sustainable Progress Index, Happy Planet Index, Human Development Index.
You are familiar with principles, strategies and instruments of environmental politics.

Assessment and permitted materials

written exam or
oral exam (online)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

NPI and PI: The students are able to explore concepts for maintaining or
improving the biophysical basis of economic activities by use of market-based, command-and-control and voluntary measures. They compare the neoclassical economic approach to environmental policy with concepts from institutional and ecological economics. The students can apply political science concepts for assessing different designs of environmental policies in the areas of air, water, soil and sediments. They are able to assess the interdependence of multiple levels of environmental governance (z.B. global, European and national levels).

Examination topics

Everything covered during class.

Reading list

Recommended Literature:
Gowdy, J. and O'Hara, S., 1995. Economic Theory for Environmentalists. St. Lucie Press, Florida, ISBN 1-57444-003-9.

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Mo 29.11.2021 13:09