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Course Details

Course Code: EVSP201 Course ID: 3316 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course provides an introduction to the economics of natural resource management and environmental policy. Topics include benefit-cost analysis, valuation, market failure, pollution control, sustainable development, market-based environmental policy, and the economics of renewable and non-renewable resource management.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After completing this course you will be able to:

LO-1 Define environmental and ecological economics.

LO-2 Explain the use of cost-benefit analysis in determining environmental policy (Week 2, 3).

LO-3 Explain how economists can put a value on the environment (Week 3).

LO-4 Explain how economists define an efficient level of pollution and why zero pollution is not generally considered efficient (Week 4).

LO-5 Describe how market failures lead to environmental problems and how economists recommend correcting these failures (Week 1, 5, 6, 7).

LO-6 Explain what a carbon tax is and how it can help address the problem of climate change (Week 6)

LO-7 Explain why economists prefer market-based policies to address environmental problems (Week 6)

LO-8 Define sustainable development and explain how economic policies can be used to promote it (Week 7).

NameGrade %
Forums 40.00 %
Week 1 5.00 %
Week 2 5.00 %
Week 3 5.00 %
Week 4 5.00 %
Week 5 5.00 %
Week 6 5.00 %
Week 7 5.00 %
Week 8 5.00 %
Chapter Questions 36.00 %
Chpt Question 1 12.00 %
Chpt Question 2 12.00 %
Chpt Question 3 12.00 %
Papers 24.00 %
Term Paper 24.00 %

Required Readings

See the Lessons section of the classroom for additional readings and weekly lecture notes

Additional Resources: Please go to the program guides in the APUS Library for additional resources:

Software Requirements

  • Microsoft Office (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint) - American Public University System provides Microsoft Office 365 to AMU/APU students and faculty at no cost (check out the Resource Center in the classroom or find it in the Library)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
Book Title:Environmental Economics: The Essentials - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
ISBN:9780367280376
Publication Info:Routledge
Author:Tietenberg
Unit Cost:$190.00
Book Title:Markets and the Environment- ebook available through the APUS Online Library
ISBN:9781597260473
Publication Info:Island Press
Author:Keohane, Nathaniel O. / Olmstead, Sheila M.
Unit Cost:$26.40
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.*
ISBN:ERESERVE NOTE

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.