Course syllabus HAOZP - Economic Aspects of Environmental Protection (FRDIS - SS 2014/2015)

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Course code: HAOZP
Course title in language of instruction: Hospodářské aspekty ochrany životního prostředí
Course title in Czech: Economic Aspects of Environmental Protection
Course title in English: Economic Aspects of Environmental Protection
Mode of completion and number of credits: Exam (6 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes: full-time, 2/2 (hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Language of instruction: Czech
Level of course: bachelor
Semester: SS 2014/2015
Name of lecturer: Ing. Simona Miškolci, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor, tutor)
Prerequisites: not Economic Aspects of Environmental Protection in English
Aims of the course:
Growing environmental problems creates challenges for improving the management of natural resources and environmental protection in both developed and developing countries and for the development of global sustainable economy at international level.
The relationship between environmental protection and the economy has been an issue of public discussion for last decades. Does environmental protection tend to harm the economy or to facilitate economic growth? What are environmental limits of economic growth and how we can we deal with them? How it is possible to assess sustainability and can the positive and negative environmental affects be quantified and estimated at a meaningful level of detail? How can be individual behavior effectively influenced to harmonize it with collective interest of environmental protection and sustainable economic growth?
Economics, as the social science studying the allocation of scarce recourses within society, can help meet these challenges effectively by providing explanations of the causes of environmental problems and potential solutions. Economic analysis can also help determine whether prospective policies succeed in aligning the private incentives of individuals, households, and firms with the public interest in improved resource management and higher environmental quality.
It is designed to provide a basic knowledge of theoretical and methodological framework of an economic analysis of the policy issues associated with applying the concept of sustainable development and environmental protection, and will be taught in an interdisciplinary fashion addressing the institutional, economic, and legal issues related to natural resource allocation. Particular topics that will be covered are: (1) the macroeconomic analysis of the relationships between the economic development and the environment at the different levels of the economic development; (2) environmental limits and economic; (3) the microeconomic analysis of environmental regulation; (4) the problem of economic assessment and social cost, (5) estimating cost and benefits of environmental policy impacts; (6) the use of economic information for the policy instrument choice.
Course contents:
1.Sustainable development strategy and the role of government in the allocation of natural resources in market economies (allowance 4/4)
2.Evolution of EU environmental policy in an international context (allowance 2/2)
3.The current environmental policy EU: institutions, goals, principles, strategies (allowance 4/4)
4.Policy instruments of environmental protection and their potential economic impacts (allowance 4/4)
5.Analysis of business environment and evaluation of the impact of environmental factors on the organizational structure of business and economic activity (allowance 4/4)
6.Environmental management and evaluation of environmental performance and potential economic impacts (allowance 6/6)
7.Communication strategies and environmental marketing (allowance 4/4)
Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-Ability to analyse and synthesize
-Ability to work in interdisciplinary team
-Capacity to adapt to new situations
-Ethical commitment
-Quality concept awareness

Specific competences:
-Ability to analyse and to modify econ. development strategies in correspondence with requirements of environmental protection and NR management
-Ability to consider environmental anthropological impacts in decision-making processes at the macro and microeconomic level
-Ability to realize and respect sustainability principles and specific environmental protection requirements in the natural resources management system
-Understanding the environmental impacts of economic growth, environmental limits and economic reasoning of environment protection

Type of course unit: required
Year of study: Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement: There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules: -
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load):
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture28 h
     practice8 h
     seminar20 h
     consultation10 h
     public presentation (oral)5 h
     preparation for exam30 h
     preparation for regular assessment20 h
     preparation for regular testing12 h
     preparation of presentation15 h
     writing of seminar paper20 h
Total168 h
Assessment methods:
Oral examination; a credits are subjected to active participation in seminars and team work, individual preparation for seminars and case studies, paper presentation and short writing assignments, tests.
Recommended reading:
TypeAuthorTitlePublished inPublisherYearISBN
RQMOLDAN, B.Ekologická dimenze udržitelného rozvojePrahaKarolinum200180-246-0246-6
RQHANLEY, N. -- SHOGREN, J F.Environmental Economics in Theory and PracticeLondonMacmillan Press19970-333-58236-5
RQMARKANDYA, A. et al.Environmental economics for sustainable growth: a handbook for practitionersCheltenhamEdward Elgar20021-84064-812-0
RQHAAB, T C. -- MCCONNELL, K E.Valuing environmental and natural resources: the econometrics of non-market valuationCheltenhamEdward Elgar20021-84064-704-3


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