ENP-81603 BSc Thesis Environmental Policy and Economics Part 1


Studiepunten 3.00

Individual Paper3
Independent study
Course coordinator(s)dr. A Gupta
Lecturer(s)dr. A Gupta
dr. AP Richter
Examiner(s)dr. A Gupta
prof. dr. EC van Ierland

Language of instruction:

Dutch and/or English

Mandatory knowledge:

ENR 21306 (Environmental Economics for Environmental Sciences) and ENP 24303 (Social Scientific Analysis of Environmental Issues)

Continuation courses:

ENP-81609 BSc Thesis Environmental Policy and Economics Part 2.


Before starting the course, students should have obtained a minimum of 102 credit points, including all B1 courses, ENR 21306 Environmental Economics for Environmental Sciences, and ENP 24305 Social Scientific Analysis of Environmental Issues.
This course is compulsory for BMW-A students. It prepares students to write a Bachelors' thesis in environmental policy or economics. Through intensive small group and individual discussions, students practice how to formulate a problem definition, identify researchable questions, critically review literature, and identify the state of the art and research gaps in a specific field. In doing so, students gain familiarity with the various steps required to conceptualize and execute an individual Bachelor-level thesis in environmental policy and economics. The course will culminate in students developing and presenting their BSc thesis proposal, which they will then take further with their own BSc thesis supervisor in the continuation course ENP 81609 BSc Thesis Environmental Policy and Economics Part 2.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge of the various steps necessary to write a Bachelors' thesis in the fields of environmental policy and economics;
- strengthen skills in:
- reading scholarly literature critically;
- formulating a problem definition and identifying researchable questions in a specific area of interest;
- identifying suitable methods with which to address potential research questions;
- formulating expected and novel research outcomes;
- developing a work plan to execute a research project;
- writing clearly and concisely;
- presenting on other's work and own research ideas.


This course is reading and writing-intensive, with three individual writing assignments: (a) a written evaluation of an existing BSc thesis (1 page); (b) a literature review essay on a topic of the student's choice (2-3 pages); and (c) a BSc thesis proposal (5-8 pages). The course also emphasizes an interactive classroom environment, in-class individual presentations of the writing assignments; and peer learning.


Three individual written assignments:
- evaluating a BSc thesis (10%);
- literature assessment (25%);
- thesis proposal (55%);
- final presentation of the thesis proposal (10%).
Each written assignment and the final presentation need a minimum mark of 5.5 to pass.


A detailed course guide is available, wherein all literature is described. Additional learning materials, such as lecture power-points, videos and/or weblinks to topics being discussed are also provided as needed.

Verplicht voor: BESEnvironmental SciencesBScA: Environmental Policy and Economics2MO