5372 Wahlfach - Umwelt und Wirtschaft I
Assist.Prof. PD Mag. Klara Zwickl, Ph.D.
Contact details
  • Type
  • Weekly hours
  • Language of instruction
02/12/19 to 03/01/19
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Subject(s) Bachelor Programs
Day Date Time Room
Thursday 03/07/19 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM TC.4.13
Thursday 03/14/19 09:30 AM - 02:00 PM D2.0.030
Thursday 03/21/19 09:30 AM - 02:00 PM D2.0.030
Thursday 03/28/19 09:30 AM - 02:00 PM D2.0.030
Thursday 04/04/19 09:30 AM - 02:00 PM D2.0.030
Thursday 04/11/19 09:30 AM - 02:00 PM D2.0.030


In this course we will analyze current environmental challenges from a political economy and distributional perspective. We will first deal with the economics of climate change and identify some challenges for climate policy and international climate negotiations. We will distinguish between different climate policy options and focus on policies that increase the price of carbon, e.g. taxes and marketable permits. We will then move toward climate justice and environmental justice, and analyze socioeconomic disparities in environmental quality and disaster vulnerability. In the last section, we will compare different indicators to measure economic, social, and environmental progress.

Learning outcomes

After completion of this course, students will have an overview of current debates in environmental and ecological economics as well as current environmental policy options.

Attendance requirements

Attendance is mandatory in this course.

Teaching/learning method(s)

Lectures, student presentations, and class discussions


  • Presentation & handout (40%)
  • Comment on other group's presentation (10%)
  • Submission of weekly discussion questions (20%)
  • Short quizzes (10%)
  • Class participation (20%)
Last edited: 2019-02-01