• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Environmental Management & Development
  • Areas of interest Resource Management and Environmental Science, Environmental Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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This course is available for in-person and remote (online) learning.

This course examines the 'economic way of thinking' for environmental and resources management. The potential for markets, taxes, and subsidies to address environmental problems is explored across pollution control, water, energy, and climate change, among other areas. Requirements and challenges associated with economic policy instruments are compared to those associated with traditional regulatory-based, or ‘command and control’, mechanisms for dealing with environmental issues. Key economic principles and techniques are applied to contemporary case studies throughout the course, including cost-benefit analysis of infrastructure projects and alternative approaches to managing urban water scarcity. This course will benefit policy-makers and other practitioners who seek to apply, analyse, and/or critique economic approaches to environmental policy, particularly those without previous formal training in economics or experience in applying it to real-world policy challenges.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Investigate how economic concepts can be applied to environmental and natural resources management.
  2. Critically assess the opportunities and challenges of using market-based and traditional regulatory ('command and control) mechanisms to address environmental issues.
  3. Analyse the role of economics in the management of natural resources, including water, fisheries, and energy.
  4. Critically review cost-benefit analyses in the context of environmental and natural resource policy.
  5. Explain the theoretical basis of environmental valuation and how it can be applied to multiple policy settings.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Workshop assessments (15) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Policy brief (1000 wds) (20) [LO 1,2]
  3. Mid semester (take-home) test (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Policy report (2500 wds + workshop presentation) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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The standard workload for a 6 unit course is 130 hours including class time and independent study.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

In order to support understanding and revision of key economic principles, students will have access to the following textbook online through the ANU library:

Harris, Jonathan, M. and Roach, Brian. 2018. Environmental and Resource Economics: A Contemporary Approach. 4th Edition. Routledge.

Preliminary Reading


Assumed Knowledge

No assumed knowledge of economics is required. Pre-prepared Microsoft Excel spreadsheets (with accompanying instructions) will be used by students in at least one tutorial - no prior knowledge of this application will be required.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4680
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
On Campus
8928 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A
8929 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 Online N/A

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