ENS256 Economic Instruments of Environmental policy

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2015
Extent and Intensity
2/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Vojtěch Kotecký (lecturer)
Mgr. Christian Kerschner, M.Sc., Dr. (lecturer)
Mgr. Ing. Jan Blažek (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Bohuslav Binka, Ph.D.
Department of Environmental Studies - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Bc. Petra Burišková
Supplier department: Department of Environmental Studies - Faculty of Social Studies
Tue 12. 5. 13:30–17:30 Aula, Wed 13. 5. 13:30–17:30 Aula, Thu 14. 5. 15:15–19:30 U32
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 33 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/33, only registered: 0/33, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/33
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
Generally speaking, the course should teach the students to observe the economy through environmental lenses, and to understand the environment through the eyes of economy. It will focus on measures (instruments) used by public policy (i.e. the government) to make sure that two pairs of eyes become one, and, equally importantly, to prevent them from turning into four. The course should not teach students a detailed overview of economic instruments in Czech environmental policy, a catalogue of laws, rates, payers and collectors. We will, of course, discuss environmental tax reform and emission trading schemes, mandatory recycling, farm subsidies, mining royalties and other programs; however, they will serve primarily as case studies and examples.
  • I. Purpose of economic instruments: reducing economy’s environmental footprint.
  • II. An overview of key economic instruments, their use and utilisation.
  • III. Efficiency, costs, effectiveness and moral constrains.
  • IV. Economic context, practical solutions and political process.
Teaching methods
Teaching is delivered in three half-day blocks. Lectures are combined with brief group discussions, group activities and homework.
Assessment methods
Participation in at least two group activities is mandatory; evaluation of the course is based on asessements of seminar paper on:
(a) analysis of an economic instrument of environmental policy in the Czech Republic or another EU country;
(b) evaluation of effectiveness of an economic instrument based on predefined criteria;
(c) proposals for improvement in efficiency of an economic instrument;
or any combination of (a), (b) and (c).
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught last offered.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2013, Spring 2014.
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