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Environmental Economics
(dt. Umweltökonomik)

Level, degree of commitment Specialization module, compulsory elective module
Forms of teaching and learning,
Lecture, recitation class, Experimente, Kleingruppenarbeit, Planspiele, Projektarbeit, Freies Unterrichtsgespräch,
180 hours (Variante A attendance: 56 hours, preparation and follow-up: 56 hours, exam preparation: 68 hours Variante B attendance: 56 hours, preparation and follow-up: 48 hours, Studienleistung: 16 hours, exam preparation: 60 hours)
Credit points,
formal requirements
6 CP
Course requirement(s): Variant A none Variante B presentation or term paper
Examination type: Variant A: Written examination or term paper or presentation Variant B: Written examination
The grading is done with 0 to 15 points according to the examination regulations for the degree program B.Sc. Economics.
One semester,
each winter semester
Person in charge of the module's outline Björn Vollan


This module deals with the question of the causes and possible solutions of environmental problems as well as their chances of implementation in the political process. Different policy areas and a variety of economic instruments are introduced (taxes, tradable certificates, subsidies). In addition, psychological aspects of environmental behavior are presented and how these interact with economic incentives.

Qualification Goals

Upon completion of the module, students will be able to,

(1) name different theoretical and empirical foundations of environmental economics and explain their interaction,

(2) work in teams to develop solutions to environmental economic problems and to reflect on the results of individual and collective action, and

(3) discuss and present results and deal constructively with criticism.




Module imported from B.Sc. Economics.

When studying B.Sc. Business Mathematics, this module can be attended in the study area Specialization Modules.

The module is assigned to the focus area Economics. Further information on eligibility can be found in the description of the study area.

Recommended Reading

  • Perman, Roger; Yue Ma; James McGilvray und Michael Common: Natural Resources and Environmental Economics. Pearson, 4. Aufl., 2011 (auch 3. Aufl., 2003)

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