|Instructor Info:||Helen Scharber|
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How much environmental degradation is too much? How should we value intangible goods like environmental quality? Who wins and who loses from environmental degradation? In this survey course, we will examine how the theories of neoclassical, ecological and political economics have been used to answer these questions. Using these economic lenses, we will analyze a range of issues related to pollution and natural resource use, with special attention to climate change. We will also consider the policy prescriptions of these economic approaches and compare them to existing and proposed environmental policies. This theory-based survey class is appropriate for Division II students with some background in environmental and/or economic issues, though formal training in economic theory is not required. Some assignments will have a creative option and quantitative reasoning will be assessed through a student-led cost-benefit analysis of environmental goods.
By the end of the course, you will be equipped to
Throughout the course, you can expect
In the classroom, you will be expected to
Assignments will be designed to help you think critically and deeply about the issues and theories presented in the course. Details about all assignments will be handed out in class and made available on Moodle.
Attendance is required, both for your benefit and that of the classroom community. If you do need to miss a class, please let me know in advance, submit any assignments when they are due and consult a classmate to find out what you missed.
Since keeping track of late work is cumbersome, I reserve the right to not evaluate assignments that are handed in past their deadlines. Such assignments will not count toward your final evaluation and may result in a 'no eval'.
Incomplete evaluations will not be given.
Final evaluations will be based on your
In order to receive an evaluation, you must
If you are at risk of not meeting these conditions for an evaluation, I will give warning before the end of the semester.
Required text: Cato, Molly Scott. 2011. Environment and Economy. London: Routledge. ISBN: 978-0-415-47741-3.
The Cato textbook is available at the Hampshire bookstore. Most other readings will be made available on Moodle (https://moodle.hampshire.edu/).
Academic honesty is expected. All Hampshire College students and faculty, whether at Hampshire or at other institutions, are bound by the ethics of academic integrity. The entire description and college policy can be found in Non Satis Non Scire at handbook.hampshire.edu under Academic Policies/Ethics of Scholarship. Plagiarism is the representation of someone else’s work as one’s own. Both deliberate and inadvertent misrepresentations of another’s work as your own are considered plagiarism and are serious breaches of academic honesty and integrity. All sources used or consulted in the process of writing papers, examinations, preparing oral presentations, course assignments, artistic productions, and so on, must be cited. Sources include material from books, journals or any other printed source, the work of other students, faculty, or staff, information from the Internet, software programs and other electronic material, designs and ideas.
Feel free to contact me to discuss matters related to class, the universe and everything. But please keep in mind that, like many of you, I often get more emails than I can reasonably respond to quickly. Do not assume that I will respond within 24 hours (though I often will), at nights or on weekends. Also, fair warning: I will be inclined to ignore requests for material that can be easily obtained from Moodle or a classmate (e.g., what was covered during a missed class, my office hours, assignments, the number for Sibie's, etc.)
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