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1 Environment and Resource Management MSc Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - - M Environment and Resource Management Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - - M Environment and Resource Management I

2 The one-year Master programme Environment and Resource Management (ERM) aims to ensure that students acquire theoretical concepts, practical skills and operational techniques that allow them to find solutions for societal problems that relate to natural resources and the environment. Students are trained to bring in their disciplinary knowledge and co-operate in multidisciplinary teams so that they can contribute to an integrated approach towards problem analysis and problem solving in private, public, national, and international organisations dealing with natural resources and the environment. The programme offers four specializations: -Environmental studies -Energy studies -Climate and Water -Ecosystems Services and Biodiversity The year schedule can be found at the FALW-website. Further programme information can be found at A complete programme description can be found at the FALW-website. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - - M Environment and Resource Management II

3 Inhoudsopgave Expired course modules FALW - master programmes 1 MSc ERM, spec. Climate and Water 1 Individual work master FALW 2 MSc ERM, spec. Ecosystems Services 2 MSc ERM, spec. Energy Studies 2 MSc ERM, spec. Environmental Studies 2 optional modules 2 choose at least one of these courses 3 MSc ERM, compulsory courses for all themes 3 Vak: Applied Geographical Information Systems 4 Vak: Aquatic Ecology 4 Vak: Behavioral Genetics 6 Vak: Caput Community Genetics 7 Vak: Caput Institutionalising Participatory Approaches in the South 8 Vak: Climate and Policy 9 Vak: Climate Modelling 10 Vak: Clinical Neuroscience 11 Vak: Cognition and Attention 12 Vak: Community Genetics 12 Vak: Emotional and Cognitive Neuroscience 13 Vak: Energy System Transitions 14 Vak: Environmental and Energy Policy Tools 15 Vak: Environmental Economics for ERM 16 Vak: Environmental Policy 17 Vak: Experimental neurophysiology 18 Vak: Governance of Ecosystem Services 19 Vak: Gezondheidsjournalistiek (Health journalism) 20 Vak: Individual work master FALW 21 Vak: Individual work master FALW 21 Vak: Individual work master FALW 21 Vak: Interactive communication 22 Vak: Interpersonal Communication 23 Vak: Modern Climate Systems 24 Vak: Modern Geo-ecosystems 24 Vak: Neurogenomics 25 Vak: Neuroinformatics 26 Vak: Philosophy of Political Science and Research Methods 27 Vak: Political Concepts and Processes 28 Vak: Principles of Neuroscience 30 Vak: Quantitative Methods in Neuroscience and Genetics 31 Vak: Regional Hydrogeology and Groundwater Management 32 Vak: Research Project 33 Vak: Sedimentary Environments and Climate Archives 34 Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - - M Environment and Resource Management III

4 Vak: Soil Vegetation Atmosphere Exchange 35 Vak: Sustainability and Growth 35 Vak: Sustainable Energy Analysis 37 Vak: Sustainable Land Management 38 Vak: Sustainable Land Management 39 Vak: Theories and Approaches in International Relations 40 Vak: Value of Ecosystem Services 42 Vak: Water and Policy 43 Vak: Workshop Governance for Sustainable Development 44 Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - - M Environment and Resource Management IV

5 Expired course modules FALW - master programmes The course modules presented in the list below will no longer be offered in academic year For some of these courses a final resit opportunity will be offered in academic year These course modules are: (details will follow). Courses: Name Period Credits Code Behavioral Genetics Period AM_ Caput Community Genetics 6.0 AM_ Caput Institutionalising Participatory Approaches in the South MSc ERM, spec. Climate and Water 3.0 AM_ Clinical Neuroscience Ac. Year (September) 5.0 AM_ Cognition and Attention Ac. Year (September) 5.0 AM_ Community Genetics Ac. Year (September) 6.0 AM_ Emotional and Cognitive Neuroscience Experimental neurophysiology Ac. Year (September) 4.0 AM_ Ac. Year (September) 6.0 AM_ Health Journalism Ac. Year (September) 6.0 AM_ Interactive communication 3.0 AM_ Interpersonal Communication 3.0 AM_ Neurogenomics 5.0 AM_ Neuroinformatics Ac. Year (September) 6.0 AM_ Principles of Neuroscience 6.0 AM_ Quantitative Methods in Neuroscience and Genetics Regional Hydrogeology and Groundwater Management Soil Vegetation Atmosphere Exchange Sustainable Land Management 5.0 AM_ Ac. Year (September) 6.0 AM_ Ac. Year (September), Period AM_ Ac. Year (September) 3.0 AM_ Opleidingsdelen: - Individual work master FALW Vakken: Naam Periode Credits Code Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - - M Environment and Resource Management Pagina 1 van 44

6 Climate and Policy Period AM_ Water and Policy Period AM_ Individual work master FALW Vakken: Naam Periode Credits Code Individual work master FALW Individual work master FALW Individual work master FALW MSc ERM, spec. Ecosystems Services Ac. Jaar (september) 0.0 AME_001 Ac. Jaar (september) 0.0 AME_002 Ac. Jaar (september) 0.0 AME_003 Vakken: Naam Periode Credits Code Governance of Ecosystem Services Value of Ecosystem Services MSc ERM, spec. Energy Studies Period AM_ Period AM_ Vakken: Naam Periode Credits Code Energy System Transitions Period AM_ Sustainable Energy Analysis Period AM_ MSc ERM, spec. Environmental Studies Opleidingsdelen: - - optional modules choose at least one of these courses optional modules Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - - M Environment and Resource Management Pagina 2 van 44

7 Vakken: Naam Periode Credits Code Applied Geographical Information Systems choose at least one of these courses Period AM_ Aquatic Ecology Period AM_ Climate Modelling Period AM_ Modern Climate Systems Period AM_ Modern Geo-ecosystems Period AM_ Philosophy of Political Science and Research Methods Political Concepts and Processes Sedimentary Environments and Climate Archives Theories and Approaches in International Relations Period SPPSRM_O Period SPCP_O Period AM_ Period S-TAIR_O Vakken: Naam Periode Credits Code Climate and Policy Period AM_ Energy System Transitions Period AM_ Governance of Ecosystem Services Period AM_ Sustainable Energy Analysis Period AM_ Sustainable Land Management Value of Ecosystem Services Period AM_1015 Period AM_ Water and Policy Period AM_ Workshop Governance for Sustainable Development Periode AM_ MSc ERM, compulsory courses for all themes Vakken: Naam Periode Credits Code Environmental and Energy Policy Tools Period AM_ Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - - M Environment and Resource Management Pagina 3 van 44

8 Environmental Economics for ERM Applied Geographical Information Systems Period AM_ Environmental Policy Period AM_ Research Project Period AM_ Sustainability and Growth Period AM_ Course code AM_ () Period Period 1 Credits 3.0 dr. R.A.M. de Jeu dr. R.A.M. de Jeu Computer lab, Study Group To apply GIS in your own research project This advanced course in GIS consists of a theoretical part and a specialisation part, depending on the master profile. In the theoretical part the use of GIS in research is explained. The practical part focuses on the use of GIS in a chosen research project. The student will elaborate this small project into a scientific paper and a final oral presentation. Lecture, literature study, case studies, group discussion Written essay (80 %) and oral presentation (20 %) Lecture notes, selected articles Recommended background knowledge Successful completion of Basics in Geographical Information Systems (AM_450226) is strongly advised Aquatic Ecology Course code AM_ () Period Period 1 Credits 6.0 prof. dr. J.E. Vermaat prof. dr. J.E. Vermaat Seminar, Practical Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - - M Environment and Resource Management Pagina 4 van 44

9 Commonalities versus specific features of aquatic ecosystems: lakes, rivers, estuaries, the sea. Interactions between water body and surrounding land (catchment). A systems perspective: important processes and the role of biota: marginal or crucial? Interactions among biota in the food-web (predation, competition) and otherwise (the role of engineers or keystone species, mutuality, mutualism). Aquatic biodiversity: what does it mean? Biota as indicators of water and sediment quality in rivers and lakes. Aquatic ecology for water quality and quantity management. The course will be taught from Dobson & Frid (2009), with additional papers providing deepening for the chapters. plenary lectures (5 x 4 = 20 hrs). Lecture format: Vermaat provides the general introduction, students have prepared and give a brief presentation of chapters 2+3, 4+5 and 6+7, respectively, of Dobson & Frid. Non-presenting students are expected to have prepared by reading these chapters and the two accompanying, deepening papers (see below) before the lecture. The lecture is concluded with 45 min debate on the two accompanying papers. comparative fieldwork in small groups of 2-4 students: spatial gradients among and within water bodies around Amsterdam (field 4 d, lab processing 4d), student seminars on fieldwork (4 hrs); student groups write a report on their fieldwork subject (length 5-10 pp, 11 pt Times New Roman, Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion, References containing ~ 10 papers from the primary literature) literature study Written test (60%), fieldwork report (20%), oral presentations (both on book and lab work, content and quality, 10%), fieldwork performance (10%). The written test is open book. It is composed of three questions on the book, two on the lecture notes, and one question on each of the three selected articles, in total therefore 8 questions. Answers can be written on the examination sheets. Each question has sufficient space to allow for your answer. (1) Dobson M & Frid C., Ecology of Aquatic Systems, 2nd edition.oxford University Press, 321 pp; ISBN: (2) Lecture notes (Vermaat Aquatic Ecology), (3) selected articles (see below). (1)+(2)+(3) together for the written test. For 2010 the following selected articles: Rivers Poole GC, Fluvial landscape ecology: addressing uniqueness within the river discontinuum. Freshwat Biol 47, Lamouroux N, Poff NL, Angermeier PL, Intercontinental convergence of stream fish community traits along geomorphic and hydraulic gradients. Ecology 83, Estuaries Bishop MJ, Kelaher BP, Smith MPL, York PH, Booth DJ, Ratio-dependent response of a temperate Australian estuarine system to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - - M Environment and Resource Management Pagina 5 van 44

10 sustained nitrogen loading. Oecologia 149, Soetaert K, Middelburg JJ, Heip C, Long-term change in dissolved inorganic nutrients in the heterotrophic Scheldt estuary (Belgium, The Netherlands) Limnol Oceanogr 51, Coastal Seas Bianchi TS, Westman P, Andren T, Rolff C, Elmgren R, Cyanobacterial blooms in the Baltic Sea: natural or human-induced? Limnol Oceanogr 45, McQuatters-Gollop A, Raitsos DE, Attrill M, Edwards M, Lavender S, Mee L, A new long-term chlorophyll dataset reveals a regime shift in North Sea phytoplankton biomass unconnected to nutrient levels. Limnol. Oceanogr. 52, Open Ocean Worm B, and many others, Impacts of biodiversity loss on ocean ecosystem services. Science 314, Beaugrand G, 2009 Decadal changes in climate and ecosystems in the North Atlantic Ocean and adjacent seas. Deep Sea Res II 56, Target group Elective for MSc Earth Sciences, Geo-environmental Sciences, various MSc programmes in Biology Behavioral Genetics Course code AM_ (450003) Period Period 3 Credits 5.0 R.S.L. Ligthart dr. C.M. Middeldorp, R.S.L. Ligthart Lecture, Computer lab To provide the Master of Neuroscience students with a solid basis in human behavior genetics and to provide an overview of empirical results. Behavior genetics focuses on the inheritance of individual differences in complex traits. Such traits are most likely influenced by multiple genetic and environmental factors. The effects of genetic and environmental factors may be additive or interactive and lead to individual differences in complex traits and diseases that are quantitative rather than qualitative. In this course theory and principles from population genetics and biometrical genetics will be introduced, including genetic and cultural inheritance of complex phenotypes. Designs of family, adoption and twin studies and their applications to variation in cognitive abilities, personality and psychiatric disease will be discussed. The advances in molecular genetics have generated substantial progress in identifying the genetic basis of heritable traits using linkage and genome-wide association approaches. Both Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - - M Environment and Resource Management Pagina 6 van 44

11 approaches will be reviewed and illustrated using recent studies aiming to identify genes genes underlying the vulnerability for psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia and mood disorders. Practical exercises will guide the student through some of the available online tools that facilitate the interpretation of gene-finding studies. Lectures, computer practicals Written examination; open-end questions (50%). Practical assignments and papers during the course (50%). To be announced via Blackboard Entry requirements BSc Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Psychology with profile Biological Psychology or Neuropsychology Remarks Attending the practicals is compulsory Application: Course coordination Caput Community Genetics Course code AM_ () Credits 6.0 prof. dr. M.C. Cornel Genetics and genomics may lead to a new understanding of genetic contributions to human disease and the development of rational strategies for minimizing or preventing disease phenotypes altogether. However, translation appears to lag behind: the new genetics will not revolutionize the way in which common diseases are identified or prevented. This course aims to give an overview of current and future applications of medical genetics/genomics in health care. The student analyses current debates on pros and cons of these applications, as well as scientific developments in genetics/genomics and Technology Assessment related to these potential applications. Existing genetic care in clinical genetic centres, genetic screening and prenatal diagnosis is studied. Future scenario's are debated, including the development of tailored prevention programs. From the British text book topics will be selected that are currently relevant for Dutch Health Care. Students analyse the state of affairs for these topics in the Netherlands, the stakeholders and parties involved in the debate, the positions taken by parties, to what extent an offer in health care exists or could be developed, what discussions are relevant, and report in a paper and oral presentations. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - - M Environment and Resource Management Pagina 7 van 44

12 Self study Presentations on book chapters and journal articles followed by discussions in small working groups Writing essay Paper (100 %); presence and participation in working groups Stewart A, Brice Ph, Burton H, Pharoah P, Sanderson S & Zimmern R. Genetics, Health Care and Public Policy Cambridge University Press. ISBN-13: Caput Institutionalising Participatory Approaches in the South Course code AM_ () Credits 3.0 dr. M.B.M. Zweekhorst - To develop a detailed understanding of the importance of participation strategies for sustainable development - To understand the difficulties that have been identified for institutionalising interactive approaches within existing organisations - To obtain insight into different strategies to institutionalize interactive approaches. - To acquire knowledge on the learning organisation. During the past three decades participation has become increasingly visible as an issue in development. It is recognized that participation is a key element in poverty eradication and sustainable development. Methodologies to enhance participation are now commonly used in development projects and 'participation' has become a development orthodoxy. However, it is one thing to acknowledge the effectiveness of participatory approaches, but another to apply these approaches consistently over longer periods of time. This requires institutionalisation of these approaches within the organisations concerned, so as to build the necessary capacity. Most organisations are not well adapted to the application of participatory approaches. Some organisational change is therefore likely to be necessary if participatory approaches are to be institutionalised successfully. In this theoretical course you study in depth scientific literature about various theoretical concepts and practical experiences of institutionalisation processes of interactive approaches that were undertaken by organisations in the South. This theoretical course comprises self study. After a short introduction you study various scientific articles that are then critically analyzed. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - - M Environment and Resource Management Pagina 8 van 44

13 Individual assessment though an assignment Selected scientific articles. Target group Optional course for Master students Management, Policy Analysis and Entrepreneurship in health and life sciences (MPA), Societal differentiation of the Health, Life & Natural Sciences. Remarks Self study. Basic knowledge on organisation and management is required. For more information and application: Climate and Policy Course code AM_ () Period Period 3 Credits 6.0 prof. dr. J. Gupta prof. dr. J. Gupta Seminar After studying this course, students should be able to define and explain key concepts of relevance to the climate change governance issue; understand the causes, impacts and effects of climate change and the key scientific controversies in the regime; be able to identify, explain and analyze the various policy options for mitigation and adaptation at different levels of governance; be able to understand the key political challenges in the climate change regime, the common problems facing all countries, the coalitions in the regime, the North- South, North-North, South-South, European and domestic political issues; be able to explain the long-term objective, the principles, the commitments of countries and other key elements of the Climate Change Convention, the quantified commitments of developed countries, and the flexibility mechanisms under the Kyoto Protocol; be able to explain the role of forestry in the climate change regime, and the various aspects of policy with respect to deforestation and land degradation; be able to define and explain the role of market mechanisms in the climate change regime, their advantages and disadvantages, and their potential in addressing the climate change problem; be able to integrate the information learnt thus far to assess and identify possible long term solutions to the climate change problem and the research questions that emerge from a study of the climate change regime; and be able to make a judgment about which principles, policy instruments and approaches are likely to be most efficient, equitable and/or effective in addressing the climate change problem. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - - M Environment and Resource Management Pagina 9 van 44

14 International policy on human-induced climate change and its mitigation is a hotly debated subject. Current (international) climate policy is the result of a complex and long-lasting negotiation process at multiple levels of governance. In this process, the science of the complex earth and climate system is closely linked to questions on the socio-economic effects of climate change, the options for global environmental governance as determined by the structure of international organizations, international economic and political relations and environmental law. These close relations between earth system research and economic/political questions make this course an interesting subject for students with a bachelor s degree in different subjects. The course includes: - an overview of the science of climate change, its impacts (IPCC Fourth Assessment Report) uncertainties, mitigation, adaptation; - climate change policy options at multiple levels of governance; - analysis of the political challenges in climate change and the positions of different countries and actors; - assessment of the international legal instruments including the Climate Change Convention and the Kyoto Protocol, - assessment of the economics of climate change including analysing the flexible mechanisms (Emission trading, Clean Development Mechanisms) and options for Post Kyoto measures; and paper discussions on a topical area of climate governance. The course consists of 7-8 interactive lectures including class presentations and uses modern didactic approaches, films, and role play to help the students internalize many of the concepts and theoretical approaches developed. The students will be examined on the basis of a paper (50%); and a closed book written examination (50%). Reader Climate Modelling Course code AM_ () Period Period 3 Credits 6.0 prof. dr. H. Renssen prof. dr. H. Renssen Seminar, Computer lab Geological archives show convincingly that the climate system experiences variability on a wide range of time-scales. For Quaternary studies, climate variations at the following time-scales are most important: glacials-interglacials, millennia and centuries-decades. This course focuses at the mechanisms behind these variations, thereby using climate models as a tool, i.e. numerical computer models in which the dynamics of the climate system are calculated. The combination of these models and geological data will be treated extensively. The course consists of lectures giving an overview of climate models and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - - M Environment and Resource Management Pagina 10 van 44

15 their application (different types for different time-scales) and of discussion meetings, in which students discuss the recent literature in detail. In this way the course considers case studies for the different time-scales and deals with recent developments in climate modelling. The following two questions are central to the course: 1) What is the driving mechanism behind climate change at a particular time-scale? 2) How can we optimise the combination of climate models and geological data in order to increase our understanding of climate evolution? Lectures, discussion meetings and computer exercises. Compulsory participation in discussion meetings, computer exercises, oral presentation and written exam. Lecture notes and selected papers (made available through Blackboard). Clinical Neuroscience Course code AM_ (450003) Period Ac. Year (September) Credits 5.0 dr. J.J.G. Geurts To provide the Master student, independently of his/her primary training, with a solid basis in clinical neurological disease and neuropathology. Tissue handling and interpretation of different aspects of neurological disease (tissue, imaging, clinical history) will be taught and overall disease insight will be improved. We will focus on four commonly occurring neurological diseases; dementias, multiple sclerosis, white matter diseases in children and Parkinson's disease. The student will learn about general neurological and epidemiological models (prevalence/incidence of different conditions, diagnostic/prognostic process, treatment strategies, etc.). Imaging characteristics of the four different neurological conditions will be reviewed. Basic histochemistry techniques will be dealt with and students will visit the neuropathology lab unit. Practical training consists of brain cutting tutorials and tissue microscopy. During the practical sessions, clinical information and knowledge from the lectures will be implemented and tested interactively. In addition to neuroimaging and neuropathology data, we will provide if necessary/applicable electrophysiology data. The aim is to familiarize the students with clinical neuroscience literature. Common methods and statistics (effect size vs. statistical significance, phase I/IV, false positive-negative results, etc.) will be discussed. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - - M Environment and Resource Management Pagina 11 van 44

16 Lectures, practical sessions (microscopy), tutorials (brain cutting / neuroanatomy), visits (MRI and histology lab), interactive training (three days of workshops), case presentations Written examination (lectures and clinical line), presence and general attitude (practical sessions and workshops) To be announced Entry requirements BSc Biology, Medical Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Medicine, Psychology with profile Biological Psychology or Neuropsychology Cognition and Attention Course code AM_ (470628) Period Ac. Year (September) Credits 5.0 dr. L.J.F.M. van Zoest To introduce students to the major research topics in the field of human attention and discuss experimental methods that can be used to investigate attentional performance This course reviews current theories of attention. Topics covered are the relative influences of goal-driven and stimulus-driven control in attention, the relationship between attention and eye movements, dualtask performance, attention and memory, attention and inhibition, crossmodal attention, and the cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology of attention. Emphasis will be placed on the different experimental designs that can be used to study attention. Lectures and class discussions. Students are expected to be prepared to discuss the literature assigned for each class. Written examination: open end questions To be announced on Blackboard Community Genetics Course code AM_ () Period Ac. Year (September) Credits 6.0 Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - - M Environment and Resource Management Pagina 12 van 44

17 prof. dr. M.C. Cornel dr. C.G. van El Lecture, Study Group Genetics and genomics may lead to a new understanding of genetic contributions to human disease and the development of rational strategies for minimizing or preventing disease phenotypes altogether. However, translation appears to lag behind: the new genetics will not revolutionize the way in which common diseases are identified or prevented. This course aims to give an overview of current and future applications of medical genetics/genomics in health care. The student analyses current debates on pros and cons of these applications, as well as scientific developments in genetics/genomics and Technology Assessment related to these potential applications. Existing genetic care in clinical genetic centres, genetic screening and prenatal diagnosis is studied. Future scenarios are debated, including the development of tailored prevention programs. From the UK textbook topics will be selected that are currently relevant for Dutch health care. Students analyse the state of affairs for these topics in the Netherlands, the stakeholders and parties involved in the debate, the positions taken by parties, to what extent an offer in health care exists or could be developed, what discussions are relevant, and report in a paper and oral presentations. self study Presentations on book chapters and journal articles followed by discussions in small workgroups Writing essay Lectures Paper (50%) and oral presentation (10%), exam with essay questions (40%) Stewart A, Brice Ph, Burton H, Pharoah P, Sanderson S & Zimmern R. Genetics, Health Care and Public Policy Cambridge University Press. ISBN-13: Other literature will be available at Blackboard. Entry requirements Volksgezondheid en Genetica (BSc, ) is highly recommended to know the basic principles of genetics at the start of the course. In case of uncertainty, please contact the lecturers. Remarks Taught in unless no non-dutch students are present. For further information please contact Martina Cornel Emotional and Cognitive Neuroscience Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - - M Environment and Resource Management Pagina 13 van 44

18 Course code AM_ () Period Ac. Year (September) Credits 4.0 Knowledge of the most important psychiatric disorders and basic aspects of underlying emotional and cognitive dysfunctions. After a general introduction, there will be a special session on how to perform a psychiatric investigation and how to obtain a biography. The focus of the course will be on depression and anxiety disorders, addiction, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD, delirium, and neuroimaging of psychiatric disorders. In these sessions, we will discuss both clinical aspects, using video demonstrations, and basic aspects, using the corresponding chapters from Principles of Neural Science (see below; ch en ch ) During the sessions we will judge on active participations by the individual students. During the final session there will be an examination on paper. Written examination Kandel ER, Schwartz JH, Jessell TM Principles of Neural Science, 2000, 4th edition, McGraw Hill, ISBN [Ch 47-51; - Ch 60-61]. Entry requirements Behavior and Cognition (470709) Remarks Attendance of at least 80% of the time of the course is obligatory. Maximum 15 attendants. Registration via tisvu.vu.nl, as well as sending an to the course coordinator: Energy System Transitions Course code AM_ () Period Period 3 Credits 6.0 dr. M. Hisschemoller dr. M. Hisschemoller Study Group The learning objectives are to gain insight into: - The way government and the energy sector deals with environmental Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - - M Environment and Resource Management Pagina 14 van 44

19 issues, including the way they steer innovation; - The concepts of industrial transformation and transition management and; - The scientific and political debates with respect to key energy options. Energy policies are increasingly based on the premise that government alone cannot guarantee improvement of environmental conditions and that the technological advances will not suffice given the complexity of the current environmental problems. A change toward sustainability (transition, industrial transformation) involves issues of socio-technical innovation as well as cultural and institutional transformations of the systems. Such a change, although radical in character, will be gradual in practice as it is believed to last 25 years or more. An important new debate has emerged about the scale at which these socio-technological and institutional changes should take place in order to achieve desired sustainability goals. Theoretical and historical aspects of system innovation and a transition towards sustainability will be addressed. The objective is to give students a critical perspective, and to make the link to questions of social and political shaping of transition processes. In working groups, the students gain experience with exploring options to stimulate long- term transition processes by using a backcasting method. Lectures and workshops. A written closed book examination (50%) and a short ( words) paper (50%). Both the paper and the examination must be a 5. 5 or higher. Not only the material in the reader, but also the material presented during the classes will be examined in this course. Reader composed of scientific papers selected by the lecturers Environmental and Energy Policy Tools Course code AM_ () Period Period 4 Credits 12.0 dr. R. Janssen dr. R. Janssen Lecture, Computer lab, Excursion, Seminar, Study Group Open book examination and a group report about an application of one of the methods discussed. The examination and the report grades weigh equally. Students must pass both (5. 5 or higher). Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - - M Environment and Resource Management Pagina 15 van 44

20 Reader 'Environmental and Energy Policy Tools' Environmental Economics for ERM Course code AM_ () Period Period 2 Credits 6.0 dr. P.J.H. van Beukering dr. P.J.H. van Beukering Reading, Seminar This module aims to give an overview of economic policy instruments for managing environmental problems from an interdisciplinary perspective from the local through to the global level. Moreover, it will discuss the relevance of economic instruments in a large variety of policy contexts. A critical cause of environmental problems is that not all costs falling on economic agents are borne by those responsible for generating them. This problem will be conceptualised in this course through the notion of externalities. There are various economic instruments and institutional arrangements for addressing such externalities. Criteria for their selection and evaluation will be discussed. Applications of environmental policies at various administrative levels (i.e. local, national, international), different economic sectors (i.e. water, waste, forestry, fisheries, biodiversity, trade) and different country contexts will be discussed. The course will also discuss international trade and investment related issues, as well as tackle major environmental problems, like climate change. The course will, furthermore, attempt to build bridges between economic policy instruments and other governance instruments. After following this course, students should be able to judge how well certain policy instruments and institutional arrangements perform in terms of effectiveness, efficiency and the distribution of welfare in society. This module will present the economic approach to environmental policy, as it has been developed in the field of environmental economics. After having participated in this module, students should be able to answer the following questions: What is the fundamental nature of environmental problems from an economic perspective, in relation to notions like externalities, public goods and free riding, and what does this imply for the feasibility of (easy) solutions? Under which conditions is environmental regulation necessary or not (Coase theorem)? Which criteria should be used to select environmental policy instruments, and to what extent are such criteria complementary or conflicting (normative theory)? Which policy instruments are available, and what are their (dis) advantages in view of the selection criteria (in general or in Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - - M Environment and Resource Management Pagina 16 van 44

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