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ENSTU 280: Environmental Economics and Policy

Course description

This course covers the principles of government and economics, and applies these to policies, economics, and management of natural resources. Course materials emphasize fundamentals as well as current events in environmental economics and policy. The course covers principles in traditional micro and macro economics as well as ecological economics. The course informs students about the structure, process and dynamics of governmental systems, so they can be effective members of the active citizenry. Economic principles are applied at local, national, and international scales, to cover a broad suite of uses for ecological resources, and explore how decisions about these resources can lead to conservation or to over-exploitation. Economic and policy principles are applied to demonstrate how economic decisions can be managed within the existing regulatory framework, to implement socially preferred levels of resource use.  (Recommend completion of GE Areas B4 and A2 and A3 prior to enrolling)