41206 - Economic and Social Instruments of Environmental and Resource Management Modulübersicht

Module Number: 41206
Module Title:Economic and Social Instruments of Environmental and Resource Management
  Ökonomische und politische Instrumente in Umwelt- und Ressourcenmanagement
Department: Faculty 2 - Environment and Natural Sciences
Responsible Staff Member:
  • Prof. Dr. rer. oec. Steckel, Jan Christoph
Language of Teaching / Examination:English
Duration:2 semesters
Frequency of Offer: Every winter semester
Credits: 6
Learning Outcome:The module "Economic and Social Instruments of Environmental and Resource Management" consists of two parts.

The lecture "Economic instruments for climate policy" covers different policy instruments and their economic assessment. The lecture features an introduction to various perspectives on environmental policy, including first-best welfare economic perspectives. It will also introduce to a political economy perspective, including decision problems of different economic agents.  The lecture will provide guidance on how to evaluate policy instruments and introduce students to the most common strands of policy analysis.

The seminar "Political Economy of Energy Transitions" will expand students' understanding of challenges to energy transitions. For example, energy transitions may consist of phasing out coal. This course features threats to effective and just energy transitions and options to possibly overcome such threats.
Contents:The lecture “Economic instruments for climate policy” will introduce the broader field of climate economics. It will first give an overview of welfare economic assessment frameworks of environmental (particular climate) policy instruments, including different normative viewpoints. It will then introduce modern political economy debates and how they relate to the analysis and assessment of climate policy instruments. Students will also learn about the role of distributional effects and acceptability for assessing policy instruments. 
The seminar “Political Economy of Energy Transitions” will illustrate political economy problems in energy transitions using a simulation game. After an introduction to the topic of energy transitions and key political aspects, students will prepare the positions of specific actors relevant for the energy transition in a selected country. Material and background information will be provided, but students are encouraged to also engage in their own analyses and research. The course will culminate in a simulation game to illustrate barriers and potential solutions to energy transitions. 
Recommended Prerequisites:The module builds upon basic knowledge in social sciences and economics. Therefore, such basic knowledge is recommended.
Mandatory Prerequisites:None
Forms of Teaching and Proportion:
  • Lecture / 2 Hours per Week per Semester
  • Seminar / 2 Hours per Week per Semester
Teaching Materials and Literature:A detailed syllabus and reading lists will be provided.
Module Examination:Continuous Assessment (MCA)
Assessment Mode for Module Examination:Winter Term: 3 written assignments (1000-2000 words) [50%]

Summer Term: written report in preparation for the Simulation game (20 pages)
60%;  presentation 15 min. 40% [50%]
Details to be explained at the beginning of the course.
Evaluation of Module Examination:Performance Verification – graded
Limited Number of Participants:None
Part of the Study Programme:
  • Abschluss im Ausland / Bauingenieurwesen / keine PO
  • Abschluss im Ausland / Betriebswirtschaftslehre / keine PO
  • Bachelor (research-oriented) / Betriebswirtschaftslehre / PO 2011
  • Bachelor (research-oriented) / Betriebswirtschaftslehre / PO 2017
  • Abschluss im Ausland / eBusiness / keine PO
  • Abschluss im Ausland / Elektrotechnik / keine PO
  • Abschluss im Ausland / Environmental and Resource Management / keine PO
  • Bachelor (research-oriented) / Environmental and Resource Management / PO 2015
  • Abschluss im Ausland / Euro Hydroinformatics and Water Management / keine PO
  • Abschluss im Ausland / Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen / keine PO
Module Components:Wintersemester:
  • 232301 Lecture Economic instruments for climate policy

  • 232302 Seminar Political Economy of Energy Transitions

Components to be offered in the Current Semester: