Various incentives, policies and management initiatives are used to influence human behaviour and to promote sustainable development.
This course gives an overview of environmental and resource management and public policy tools and instruments - in the context of management of coastal and marine environments and sustainable development (SD). It introduces elements of standard economic analysis (neo-classical economics) as well as other approaches, such as ecological economics. It focuses on how to manage for healthy ecosystems and a healthy economy, and aims at providing students with the necessary tools to assess objectives and to make choices when it comes to environmental and resource management in coastal and marine regions.
The course is broken into three modules:
In the first module we look at neo-classical economics. We discuss economics tools of environmental analysis and valuation both within markets and when markets are absent. Special emphasis will be given to implementation of these tools in practical instances of decision-making concerning use or conservation of the coastal and marine resources.
In the second module we focus on relevant, international instruments (conventions, declarations etc.) of environmental governance. We assess the concept of SD from economic, social and environmental perspectives. We compare the concepts of economic growth and SD and ask if the two are compatible. Action plans such as the Rio, Johannesburg, Agenda 21, and initiatives such as the Environmental Kuznets Curve, the Resource curse, the Porter hypothesis, and Sustainability indicators at micro and macro levels will be covered.
In the third module we examine the ideological foundations of environmental and natural resource policies, and assess various policy tools and instruments used in coastal and ocean situations. The main focus will be on instruments, policies and management approaches in selected case studies.
Participation costs 10.000 ISK per one ECTS unit (a 6 ECTS course therefore coasts 60.000 ISK).
Registered students at the University of Iceland only pay a low fee, 5.500 ISK for up to two courses and 11.000 ISK for up to five courses, according to a contract between the University of Akureyri and the University of Iceland. Students at UA pay no fee since the courses are a part of the UA curriculum.
At the end of the course, students will:
InstructorDr. Sabau currently teaches at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, the western campus of Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada. Among her courses are: Principles of Micro and Macroeconomics, Intermediate Macroeconomics, Environmental Economics, Ecological Economics and a senior seminar in Environmental Studies. Her research interests include theoretical aspects of the knowledge society and knowledge-based economy; the theory of choice and moral knowledge; the economics of sustainable development; environmental and natural resource economics; ecological economics and problem-based learning.
The conditions for admission to any course are the same as for admission to the program as a whole, namely that applicants have completed a university degree, which may be a B.A., B.S., B.Ed. or other comparable degree. All applications for participation in individual courses are subject to the approval of the master's program committee, whose review process can take as long as one week.
It is important that all applicants have a good command of English, as all instruction takes place in English.
Application forms will be accessible both electronically and in PDF form when the admissions process is opened at the beginning of September.
No work experience is required.
Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS we offer you the chance to receive up to £10,000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.
<p>The University Centre of the West Fjords is a non-profit organisation established in March 2005. It has 40 founding members, including all of the country's institutions of higher education. The Centre began operations in Vestrahús in Ísafjörður in January 2006. The same building houses offices of the Marine Research Institute, the Icelandic Fisheries Laboratories, and the Icelandic Snow Avalanche Research Centre, among others. The West Fjords Regional Development Centre is also located here, and all of the organizations represented in the building share common reception facilities.</p>