This course offers an introduction to environmental studies emphasizing the interplay of ecology, economics, and ethics and their translation into public policy. Topics include macroeconomic design characteristics and market failure as causes of environmental degradation; socio-ecological requirements for a sustainable society; and economic tools of analysis and incentive-based policy prescriptions for resolving problems of resource scarcity and environmental pollution. The course includes perspectives from microeconomics, macroeconomics, and ecological economics, and also examines the role of policy in addressing environmental issues at the local, national, and global levels.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Explain the interdependent relationship between the economy and the environment.
2. Identify major environmental issues facing society today and explain how economic drivers contribute to environmental degradation.
3. Identify and assess tools of economic thought and analysis, as well as methods of economic inquiry, that can be employed to alleviate environmental problems.
4. Critique and evaluate the concept of sustainability and identify the best ways to transistion toward an environmentally sustainable economy.
1. Harris, Jonathan and Roach, Brian, Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: A Contemporary Approach, 3rd Edition, M.E. Sharpe, 2013 ISBN:978-0-765-63792-5 .
2. Speth, Gustave, The Bridge at the Edge of the World, Yale University Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-300-13611-1
Also now available in paperback. I've seen used copies online starting at about $9.00.
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