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EVSP201 - Environmental Economics

Course Details

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

This course focuses on the design of environmental policy under uncertainty and asymmetric information. Topics include the theory of public goods, theory of renewable and non-renewable resources, externalities and common pool resources, the theory of pollution and pollution control, and trade-environment issues.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
02/24/20 - 07/31/20 08/03/20 - 09/27/20 Summer 2020 Session I 8 Week session
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 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.