EAS722 Environmental policy and economics

Code EAS722
Name Environmental policy and economics
Status Compulsory/Courses of Limited Choice
Level and type Post-graduate Studies, Academic
Field of study Environmental Engineering and Management
Faculty Department of Environment and Energy Systems
Academic staff Andra Blumberga
Credit points 5.0 (7.5 ECTS)
Parts 1
Annotation The environmental policy and economics course is an analysis of how environmental awareness has evolved historically based on the ethical principles and moral values present in society, as well as on the development of science, structure of society, environmental psychology, the structure of economic and political systems and their impact on the development of environmental policy. The course has a comparative analysis of the development of environmental legislation in Latvia, the EU and elsewhere and looks at methods for evaluating and calculating losses to the environment by using direct and indirect valuation methods. The course is conducted through lectures, seminars and role plays..
Goals and objectives
of the course in terms
of competences and skills
To acquire knowledge on the basic principles on the development of environmental policy and economics, as well as environmental legislation. To gain practical skills in evaluating and calculating loss to the environment through the application of economic instruments and the requirements set in normative acts.
Learning outcomes
and assessment
To be able to define and analyse different ethical principles and moral values of various players and their impact on environmental policy processes. - Examination: role play, exam, course work. Assessment criteria: Able to identify basic principles in environmental policy development.
To be able to identify, understand and analyse environmental policy mechanisms and instruments on the national and international levels. - Examination: role play, exam, course work. Assessment criteria: Able to identify basic principles in environmental policy development.
To be able to develop and apply environmental policy instruments and environmental economic instruments. - Examination: exam, course work. Assessment criteria: Able to develop , analyse and use different environmental policy instruments and environmental economics insturments.
To be able to identify political and socio-economic motivating factors in environmental policy development on the global, regional (EU) and national (Latvia) level. - Examination: role play, exam, course work. Assessment criteria: Able to develop and argue the course of any given environmental policy.
Course prerequisites none

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