ENR-21306 Environmental Economics for Environmental Sciences


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper2
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. EC van Ierland
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. EC van Ierland
G Cotteleer
Examiner(s)prof. dr. EC van Ierland

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

Preferably, a basic understanding of (micro-) economics

Continuation courses:

Advanced Environmental Economics and Policy, Economics and Management of Natural Resources, Cost Benefit Analysis and Environmental Valuation, Theories and Models in Environmental Economics


The course provides an introduction to environmental economics and its applications. The course is especially developed for students with a non-economic background. After completing 'Environmental Economics for Environmental Sciences', students can participate in the other courses in environmental economics.

Learning outcomes:

After this course, the students will be able to:
- demonstrate the relation between the environment and the economy, and its relation with sustainability issues;
- understand the basic micro-economic and welfare economic theories;
- examine the most important environmental issues from an economic point of view;
- illustrate how the different economic instruments could be applied in environmental policies;
- examine international environmental problems from an environmental economic point of view;
- prepare well-written and well-argued essays dealing with the way economic theories can contribute to analysing and solving environmental problems.


The theory dealt with in the lectures (twice a week) is applied to a number of case studies of important environmental issues, in which students will actively participate. To deepen the understanding of economic principles, review questions and exercises will be provided. Working out the answers as homework is strongly recommended.


Written examination and essay reports. More details will be provided in the course outline.


Textbooks will be announced at a later stage.
Additional reading material on micro-economic theory will be made available at the beginning of the course. More details will be provided in the course outline.

Compulsory for: BESEnvironmental SciencesBScA: Environmental Policy and Management5AF
Restricted Optional for: MESEnvironmental SciencesMSc2MO, 5AF
MUEUrban Environmental ManagementMSc2MO
MCLClimate StudiesMSc2MO
MAMAquaculture and Marine Resource ManagementMScC: Marine Governance2MO
Compulsory for: WUBBSBSc Minor Bio-Based Technology5AF