Summary module description:
The module will provide an introduction to the theoretical concepts and approaches used to analyse economic impacts of climate change, such as externalities and public goods and principles of behavioural economics to understand the roles of both financial and non financial incentives. The module will then introduce national and international policy approaches in dealing with climate change, examine the difficulties in switching to alternative energy sources and environmentally-friendly technologies and behaviours.

Aims:
This module aims to introduce economics and non-economics students to the economics and policy issues of climate change.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module, the student will be able to demonstrate:

  • an understanding of the analytical tools that economics offers for the study of global and local impacts of climate change
  • an ability to critically evaluate current and proposed policies dealing with impacts of climate change

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:
Following the introduction into the interaction between the environment and the economy, a selection of topics from the following list will be covered:
Theoretical concepts: externalities, public goods, economic efficiency
Environmental policy instruments: implementation and performance
Behavioural economics
International Agreements aimed at abatement of climate change

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures will be used for the presentation of the concepts, analytical principles, and the methodology. Students are expected to follow media coverage of contemporary debate concerning climate change and public response to its global and local impact. Coursework is set to develop analytical and critical skills.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Guided independent study 90
       
Total hours by term 100.00
       
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 60
Class test administered by School 40

Other information on summative assessment:
One in-class test, with a weight of 40% in the overall mark.
Group essay/project on mitigation/policy/local impacts of climate change, to be completed by the end of the Autumn term. This will have a weight of 60% in the overall mark.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    There is no final examination.

    Requirements for a pass:
    A minimum mark of 40%.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-assessment will be on the basis of a single independent project, related to a topic covered in the module. This will not be a re-submission of the earlier (group) project.
    The project for re-assessment is required to be submitted by 18 August 2017.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding: There may be optional costs associated with photocopying or printing sources listed on the reading list relating to this module. Please note that the Library charges approximately 5p per photocopy.
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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