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Economics of Climate Change

Exam number: 6532

Semester: from 1st semester

Duration of the module: One semester

Form of the module (i.e. obligatory, elective etc.): Elective

Frequency of module offer: Each summer semester

Prerequisites: Kenntnisse in Mikroökonomie, Spieltheorie und Mathematik sind hilfreich, jedoch nicht verpflichtend. Die Teilnehmerzahl ist auf 20 beschränkt. Die Teilnahme an der Vorbesprechung ist verpflichtend. Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer melden sich per E-Mail (an: schwarze@europa-uni.de) für die Veranstaltung an. Anmeldungen werden in der Reihenfolge des Eingangs berücksichtigt.

Applicability of module for other study programmes:
Obligatory or elective in other study programmes. For further information check regulations of the study programme.

Person responsible for module: Prof. Dr. Reimund Schwarze

Name of the professor: Prof. Dr. Reimund Schwarze

Language of teaching: English

ECTS-Credits (based on the workload): 6

Workload and its composition (self-study, contact time):
Contact time (lecture, tutorials, seminar etc.) 33,75 h; self-study: 146,25 h

Contact hours (per week in semester): 3

Methods and duration of examination:
Successful written paper; presentation it to the class.

Emphasis of the grade for the final grade: Please check regulations of the study programme

Aim of the module (expected learning outcomes and competencies to be acquired):
This integrated lecture (Lecture with seminar elements) provides an introduction into management strategies to tackle global climate change. Special attention is given to international policy issues, following the “breakdown” of Kyoto-type models in Copenhagen (COP15).

Contents of the module:
1. Managing Climate Change
a) Climate change: The physical and economic nature of the challenge
b) The choice of targets and instruments for international climate change policy
2. International Architectures for Managing Climate Change
a) Politics of voluntary assent: How to find an international consensus on mitigation
b) Rise and fall of the Kyoto-Protocol – The lessons learned
c) Beyond Kyoto: New Architectures for agreement
3. Re-thinking the efficacy of international climate agreements after COP15
a) Linking carbon markets in the post-Kyoto era
b) Carbon Leakage and trade policies
c) Increasing participation rate in the international climate agreements
d) Beyond cost-efficiency and time schedules - a transformational approach towards climate protection
e) Bottom-up strategies for climate change policies
f) The role of financial transfers in the international climate agreements
4. On the way to COP19: Climate and energy policies in Poland

Teaching and learning methods:
Lectures, Short papers and presentations of students

Literature (compulsory reading, recommended literature):
Will be provided by the lecturer.

Further information:
Registration in Moodle Viadrina required.