GY329      Half Unit
Applied Economics of Environment and Development

This information is for the 2021/22 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Charles Palmer STC3.03

Availability

This course is available on the BA in Geography, BSc in Economic History and Geography, BSc in Environment and Development, BSc in Environmental Policy with Economics and BSc in Geography with Economics. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.

Pre-requisites

Applied Environmental Economics (GY222) and/or Intermediate Microeconomics (EC201)

Course content

This course explores the complex relationships between economic development, poverty and the environment. It covers a range of important natural resource and environmental issues in developing countries, and provides students with the necessary tools to critically evaluate how these issues have been addressed by different stakeholders and at different levels of governance. Using concepts and analytical tools grounded in applied economics, primarily environmental and development economics, the course will examine a range of topics, including: the poverty-environment trap; property rights and governance; the food-energy-environment nexus; biofuels; and urbanization.

Teaching

In the Department of Geography and Environment, teaching will be delivered through a combination of classes/seminars, pre-recorded lectures, live online lectures, in-person lectures and other supplementary interactive live activities.

 

This course is delivered through a combination of classes and lectures across Lent Term.

 

This course includes a reading week in Week 6 of Lent Term. 

 

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce a ‘mock exam’ essay during the Lent Term.

Indicative reading

Barbier, E (2005) Natural Resources and Economic Development, Cambridge University Press.

Lopez, R., and M. Toman (2006) Economic Development and Environmental Sustainability. Columbia University Press.

Assessment

Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.

Course selection videos

Some departments have produced short videos to introduce their courses. Please refer to the course selection videos index page for further information.

Student performance results

(2018/19 - 2020/21 combined)

Classification % of students
First 24.5
2:1 72.4
2:2 3.1
Third 0
Fail 0

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2021/22 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Geography & Environment

Total students 2020/21: 40

Average class size 2020/21: 20

Capped 2020/21: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills