Courses & Units

Introduction to Environmental Economics BEA101



Practical, public policy-orientated lectures and workshops will explore a range of topics such as the management of water in a dry county, climate change, energy and biodiversity. This unit explores the concepts and theory for economic analysis, policy and related allocation of renewable and non-renewable resources. By the end of the unit, students will have engaged in discussion/analysis of the complex trade-offs involved in crafting policy responses to the environmental issues. Using international and Australian case studies and applications, students will gain an understanding of a range of economic tools that can be used in the management of resources.

BEA101 Environmental and Resource Economics 1 is a compulsory unit in the Bachelor of Economics (BEc) Environmental and Resource Economics Major. It is also a nominated elective in a wide range of other programs throughout the University of Tasmania. Combining this unit with virtually any area of science, engineering, social science or law can add considerable value to your education.


Unit name Introduction to Environmental Economics
Unit code BEA101
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Economics and Finance

Associate Professor Darla Hatton-MacDonald

Teaching staff

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Learning Outcomes

LO1: Identify and apply economic approaches to the management of natural resources and the environment.

LO2: Describe environmental economic perspectives on the nature of environmental resources, relating to their relevance and utility for humans.

LO3: Analyse debates in the natural resource economic literature, establish a position within debates and defend that position orally and in written form.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
3 2020: $1,394.00 2020: $2,354.00 091901

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Teaching Pattern

1 x 2 hour lecture, 1 x 1 hour workshop per week. Please check the unit outline for details.


Report (35%), Workshop participation (10%), Group presentation (5%), Final exam (50%).

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Field, B.C. and Field M.K (2017) Environmental Economics, 7th edition, McGraw-Hill.

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