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ECO3066 : Environmental Economics

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Susan Chilton
  • Owning School: Newcastle University Business School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


To set out the basic theory of how environmental resources such as minerals, wild animals (e.g. fish or elephants), the assimilative capacity of the atmosphere (climate change), or the diversity of the biosphere, can be allocated to maximise some economic objective, but also to examine the major concerns of environmental economists – sustainability pollution, externalities and (the valuation of) non-market public goods from both an analytical and a policy perspective.

Outline Of Syllabus

Sustainability concepts; Introduction to Growth Functions and Extraction Paths/Maximum Sustainable Yield;
Optimal Resource Extraction: Non-Renewable Resources ; Optimal Resource Extraction: Renewable Resources; Social Cost of Carbon (Climate Change); Environmental Valuation ; Pollution; Economic Growth and the Environment: Environmental Kuznets Curve

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture51:005:00Online lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00PIP lectures
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading132:0032:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities41:004:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:003 x PIP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00Synchronous
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study129:0029:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures explain the basic economic theory underpinning optional natural resource exploitation and environmental problems.
Seminars enhance learning and provide an opportunity for students to monitor their own progress through problem solving and discussions and orally present economic arguments relating to the natural environment.
Structured Guided Reading sessions will develop competence in reading and interpreting academic Journal articles.
Private study provides opportunity for students to monitor their own progress through problem solving and discussions.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1A100N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written exercise at the end of Semester 1 is designed to encourage study and to test student understanding of the fundamental theoretical and empirical underpinnings of one or more selected topics within the module and to demonstrate information gathering and interpretive skills with respect to an academic Journal article. natural resource ad environmental economics.

Reading Lists