POL3240 - Environmental Policy and Economics

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Public Policy
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
Equivalent Course(s)
Course Offering Term*:
Not offering in current academic year

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

This course aims to provide students with the basic economic concepts and methodology for analyzing and evaluating the proper role of government in regulating environmental issues, spanning from the management of renewable and non-renewable natural resources to the protection of environmental quality (water pollution, local, regional and global air pollution, solid waste, and environment and trade). The course also attaches importance to the role of markets to complement government regulation in protecting the environment.

The basic analytical framework is economics, but much of the course will involve discussions of actual case studies related to environmental policy challenges in Hong Kong, mainland China or elsewhere. Project-based learning is adopted to nurture the students’ altitude and ability to apply environmental economics concepts and analytical tools to discover and devise innovative solutions to environmental challenges confronting a Hong Kong-based public or private organization.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 100%
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