ECON1120 Environmental Economics 1

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Natural Resource Management major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Management and Commerce
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Science students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 1 elective
This unit addresses humanity's greatest challenge—how to balance the need for economic wellbeing with the pressing need to protect the environment. Environmental economics is about analysing this challenge and finding solutions to problems like climate change, air pollution and biodiversity loss. This unit is of general interest to students who want to understand global environmental problems It is also of direct relevance to students majoring in Economics, Engineering Science, Marine Science, Environmental Science, Conservation Biology, Agricultural Science, Natural Resource Management, and Human Geography and Planning. Environmental economics is recognised as a profession within economics that integrates natural science with economics to analyse environmental policy.
Students are able to (1) apply evidence and analysis to improve environmental management decisions; (2) understand how the environment can be valued; (3) understand the importance of economic incentives to solving environmental problems; and (4) understand the essential elements of preparing a report on the economics of an environmental problem.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial tests, attendance and participation; (2) an essay; and (3) a final two-hour examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Benedict White
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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