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Environmental Policy

The main question addressed in this course is: how can we design policies aimed at combating environmental damages? We then consider a variety of different types of environmental problems, such as climatic changes, biodiversity losses and water and air quality degradation. The course includes analysis and comparison of different types of environmental policies – command and control, economic instruments, and voluntary agreements- under consideration of risk, uncertainty and time delays with respect to links between human activities and environmental response.

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The course evaluation is now closed

NA0130-40085 - Course evaluation report

Once the evaluation is closed, the course coordinator and student representative have 1 month to draft their comments. The comments will be published in the evaluation report.

Additional course evaluations for NA0130

Academic year 2020/2021

Environmental Policy (NA0130-M4085) 2021-03-24 - 2021-05-02

Academic year 2019/2020

Environmental Policy (NA0130-40079) 2020-03-25 - 2020-04-30

Academic year 2018/2019

Environmental Policy (NA0130-40123) 2019-03-26 - 2019-05-02

Academic year 2017/2018

Environmental Policy (NA0130-40047) 2018-03-21 - 2018-04-26

Academic year 2016/2017

Environmental Policy (NA0130-40035) 2017-03-22 - 2017-04-27

Academic year 2015/2016

Environmental Policy (NA0130-40006) 2016-03-22 - 2016-04-28

Academic year 2014/2015

Environmental Policy (NA0130-40039) 2015-03-30 - 2015-05-03

Academic year 2013/2014

Environmental Policy (NA0130-40018) 2014-03-31 - 2014-05-04

Academic year 2012/2013

Environmental Policy (NA0130-40065) 2013-04-02 - 2013-05-05

Academic year 2011/2012

Environmental Policy (NA0130-40106) 2012-03-26 - 2012-04-29

Academic year 2010/2011

Environmental Policy (NA0130-40060) 2011-03-28 - 2011-04-29

Academic year 2009/2010

Environmental Policy (NA0130-40106) 2010-03-25 - 2010-04-30

Academic year 2009/2010

Environmental Policy (NA0130-20160) 2009-11-05 - 2010-01-15

NA0130 Environmental Policy, 7.5 Credits

Environmental Policy

Syllabus approved



Environmental science Economics

Education cycle

Master’s level

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

Skills equivalent to 180 credits, including 90 credits in economics.
Skills equivalent to English B from upper secondary school.


The purpose of the course is to give theoretical and empirical knowledge on design of environmental policies for sustainable development. Having completed the course, participants will
- have knowledge on efficient design of policy instruments and institutions at the local, regional and international scales and different time perspectives
- be able to compare and evaluate instruments – command and control, economic, markets and voluntary - with respect to different criteria
- be able to construct simple models of efficient policy design
- understand the role of uncertainty and risk in nature and human behaviour for policy design
- understand implications of market structure


Topics described and analysed are:
- comparison of different policy instruments with respect to alternative criteria
- spatial and temporal perspectives
- non-compliance and enforcement of policy instruments
- uncertainty and asymmetric information
- market structure

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed exam, project tasks and exercises.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Responsible department

Department of Economics

Further information

Determined by: Utbildningsutskottet för ekonomi, miljö och teknik
Replaces: NA0091
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course
1) Policy Instruments for Environmental and Natural Resource Management, 2nd Edition
Author: Thomas Sterner, Jessica Coria
ISBN: 9781617260988
Comments: Main textbook

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Agriculture Programme - Economics and Management (270 hec) Environmental Economics and Management - Master´s Programme Agriculture Programme (admission before 1 July 2007) Economics and Business Administration Programme with specialisation in Natural Resources Agriculture Programme - Economics and Management Agricultural, Food and Environmental Policy Analysis (AFEPA) - Master´s Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 13082 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Environmental science Economics
Course code: NA0130 Application code: SLU-40085 Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Economics Pace: 100%