Environmental Policy and Economics (Level 7) (15 credits)

Digger in the sand

The aim of this paper is to synthesize a broad range of policy, management techniques and regulation to balance economics, politics, ethics, and science to assist sound sustainable decision making.

Students learn about environmental policy and regulation, ethics, cultural versus economic perspectives, myths about the economy and environment, and how best to manage our resources sustainably for the future.

Content Outline:

  • Environmental, Societal and Economic considerations
  • The Resource Management Act and other Local Government legislation
  • Government and Governance
  • Economics of Resource Management
  • What’s wrong with economics: a cultural and ecological perspective
  • International environmental policy
  • Land-use rules
  • Harnessing market forces to protect the environment
  • Green politics, products and certification


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