- Class Number 5945
- Term Code 3260
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Ralf Steinhauser
- Dr Ralf Steinhauser
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 25/07/2022
- Class End Date 28/10/2022
- Census Date 31/08/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
This course analyses the economic principles underlying the design of efficient environmental policies and the optimal management of natural resources. It identifies conditions under which market failures lead to environmental degradation or to the overexploitation of natural resources, and discusses economic policies that can counteract such market failures. Such policies include imposing taxes on certain economic activities, or allocating property rights that allow these activities to be undertaken. If property rights—which may take the form of pollution permits, or individual quotas for the harvesting of natural resources—are transferable between agents, the trade of property rights between self-interested agents yields economic efficiency as a market-based outcome.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- demonstrate an understanding of how various market failures may lead to environmental degradation or the overexploitation of natural resources;
- use economic modelling to evaluate various approaches to the design of efficient environmental policies and of rules for the optimal management of natural resources;
- Construct and analyse simple dynamic models of natural resource management.
Theory and applied examples covered in the course are derived from research in the field of Environmental and Resource Economics. In addition, students will have the opportunity
to use the provided extra resources for each topic to deepen their understanding and getting
Examination Material or equipment
All materials permitted in the exam.
There is a number of books which are suitable for additional readings. Most of the topics are standard in this field and will be covered in any Environmental Economics textbook
you will find. The two following texts are an affordable recommendation:
• Environmental and Natural Resource Economics: A Contemporary Approach, Fourth Edition, by Jonathan M. Harris and Brian Roach https://library.anu.edu.au/record=b44
• Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, 11th Edition, by Tom Tietenberg and Lynne Lewis https://library.anu.edu.au/record=b5383475
Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.
ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Introduction: The Economy and the Environment|
|3||Common Property Resources|
|4||Resource Allocation Over Time||Online Quiz #1|
|5||Valuing the Environment|
|7||Pollution Control||Mid-term Exam|
|11||Renewable Resource Use|
|12||Trade and the Environment|
ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage. https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/timetabling].plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Mid-term Exam||45 %||*||*||1,2,3|
|Final Exam||50 %||03/11/2022||01/12/2022||1,2,3|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
- Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure
- Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure
- Special Assessment Consideration Guideline and General Information
- Student Surveys and Evaluations
- Deferred Examinations
- Student Complaint Resolution Policy and Procedure
- Code of practice for teaching and learning
The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.
Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
The lectures and tutorials will be in person F2F (with Echo360 recordings for students unable to make it). We will have an online tutorial for students who can't be on campus.
Online exams for the Quiz, Midterm, and Final.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Short online quiz to give you some feedback on your learning in the course at an early stage. The 15-minute quiz will count for a small part of your grade and will contain multiple choice questions. If you miss the quiz, that part of your grade is redeemable in the midterm, which in that case will count for 5% extra of your grade. The quiz will be conducted online in week 5 of the teaching period with a 20 minute window for students to access the quiz. Marks of the quiz will be released within a week.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
All students will undertake an online 90-minute mid-term Exam based on the content covered in the first half of the course covered in the lectures and tutorials. The
timing of the Mid-term will be centrally scheduled during the mid-semester examination period (in either week 6 or week 7). More information on the types of questions
will be available by week 4. The mid-term exam will be an online exam. All students should participate through wattle.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
All students will undertake a 90-minute final Exam during the university examination period. The exact timing of the final exam will be centrally scheduled. There will be
a number of questions based on the materials covered throughout the semester. More information on the types of questions will be available by week 10 of the semester. The final exam will be an online exam. All students should participate through the wattle.
Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.
The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.
The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.
The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.
You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.
For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:
- Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.
The graders will endeavour to return your assignments within two weeks after the submission date and before the submission deadline for the following assignment.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
Distribution of grades policy
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Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.
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Behavioral and Environmental Economics
Dr Ralf Steinhauser
Dr Ralf Steinhauser