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Environmental Economics, Review Course

How can we create sustainable cities? How does climate change affect different places? These are a couple of the questions we try to answer in the course Environmental economics, review course. We focus on environmental policy-making and the practicalities of this sort of policies and give you a broad overview of the economic concepts related to environmental problems and natural resource issues. Other questions addressed in the course are: Why is the optimal level of pollution not zero? Which are the policy instruments that can be implemented in order to reduce pollution? When do we use taxes and when do we use emission permits? Which policy instruments promote technological change? Which are the strategies / policies that can increase sustainability of urban mobility? Which policies could lead to a more sustainable use of natural resources?

Course evaluation

Additional course evaluations for NA0184

Academic year 2021/2022

Environmental Economics, Review Course (NA0184-40116)

2022-03-21 - 2022-06-05

Academic year 2020/2021

Environmental Economics, Review Course (NA0184-40093)

2021-03-23 - 2021-06-06

Academic year 2019/2020

Environmental Economics, Review Course (NA0184-40083)

2020-03-23 - 2020-06-07

Academic year 2018/2019

Environmental Economics, Review Course (NA0184-40124)

2019-03-26 - 2019-06-09


NA0184 Environmental Economics, Review Course, 5.0 Credits

Miljöekonomisk översiktskurs



Education cycle

Bachelor’s level

Advanced study in the main field


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

Knowledge equivalent to 60 completed credits at university level, of which at least 20 credits are mathematics at university level.


The course aims at highlighting environmental problems from an economic perspective.

After successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

- account for basic micro economic theory,

- disucss limitations and possiblities of the market economy to handle environmental problems and natural resources, and identify the place of the problems within the theoretical context,

- discuss different definitions of sustainable development and the relationship between economic growth and environmental quality,

- account for different environmental valuation methods and relate problems related to valuation methods to societal welfare analysis, as well as analyzing effects related to uncertainty,

- apply optimization tools to analyze practical environmental problems.


The course is implemented with lectures, exercises, mandatory seminars and individual studies.

The course contains the following items:

- Basic microeconomic theory.

- Theoretical explanation to market failures in relation to the environment and natural resourcesl

- Economic conditions for sustainable development. Is there a conflict between economic growth and environmental goals?

- Valuation methods and welfare analysis, including uncertainty.

- Externalities and reduced emissions.

- Economic instruments applied to environmental problems.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed exam.

Passed assignments.

Participation in mandatory seminars.
  • 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: Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)
Replaces: NA0120

Grading criteria

There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 8721 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Economics
Course code: NA0184 Application code: SLU-40055 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: Swedish Responsible department: Department of Economics Pace: 33%