Environmental Governance, or
Extended Introduction to Life Cycle Analysis, or
Recommended (but not required) courses are:
Quantitative Research Methods, and/or
Political Economy of Natural Resources
This 300-level course focuses on our environment(s), which function as public goods in providing benefits but can --- as common-pool goods --- be affected by the positive or negative externalities resulting from private behavior. Although `‘the environment'' is often defined as nature (e.g., land, water, air), it is more broadly defined to include the shared spaces (e.g., markets, classrooms, websites, electromagnetic spectrum) that nobody owns but everyone gains from. We will explore the value of environments, discuss how actions produce positive and negative impacts on environments, evaluate the magnitude of those impacts, and discuss different theories for managing and methods of protecting environments in the traditions of Pigou, Coase and Ostrom.
A knowledge of microeconomics is useful but not essential to this class (your knowledge of basic concepts will be tested in the first week). Building on this base, you will learn about assessing the incentives for behaviors and distribution of costs and benefits from policies (e.g., polluter pays, discounting, and mis-matched political-economic jurisdictions) as well as how aggregated environmental impacts and policies alter the market landscape within and among countries (e.g., pollution havens, and intergenerational equity, and environmental Kuznets curve)
You will apply these ideas to a course paper on the topic of your choice that will use a cost- benefit analysis of market and non-market values to explore the existing distribution of costs and benefits as well as policy proposals that might move the distribution (and overall impact) of those polices closer to sustainability.
Have mastered, presented and written up an environmental case study that explores the drivers, costs, benefits, and barriers to addressing an environmental issue of their choice
Critical assessment of environmental issues, case studies and policy documents
Explain the benefits and challenges of sustainability from an economic and political perspective
Have a working knowledge of cost-benefit analysis, discount rates, and the impact of distribution on policy design and implementation
Timetables for courses offered at Leiden University College in 2022-2023 will be published on this page of the e-Prospectus.
Mode of instruction
The course is taught through two-hour seminars. Students will be expected to participate in both large and small group discussions; present and defend their ideas within an academic setting; and take part in group projects. The instructor will facilitate and ensure the efficient running of the discussion, but students are responsible for its quality.
Class participation: 10% (continuous weeks 1-7)
Study team: 10% (continuous weeks 1-7)
Blog post: 10% (due week 4)
Climate vision: 5% (due week 5)
Peer reviews: 2x10% (due week 6/7)
Individual Presentation: 10% (due week 7)
Case study paper: 35% (due reading week)
Roughly 30-35 academic papers (450+ pages).
Courses offered at Leiden University College (LUC) are usually only open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Leiden University students who participate in one of the university’s Honours tracks or programmes may register for one LUC course, if availability permits. Registration is coordinated by the Education Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. David Zetland, email@example.com