AERD30030 Agri-Environmental Economics and Policy

Academic Year 2021/2022

Will it cost the earth? This module considers the contribution of economics to (i) the analysis of agri-environmental issues; (ii) the formulation of agri-environmental policy. It brings an economic perspective to issues such as the causes and costs of environmental degradation (including water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions), the development of policy incentives to change behaviour, and the valuation of environmental resources. The impact of agri-environmental policy on the operation of the Irish agricultural sector is also explored. Students will further develop their transferable skills in critical analysis, economic analysis, research and team working.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to: (i) Identify the main contributions of economic analysis of agri-environmental issues; (ii) Evaluate the key economic instruments used in correcting for environmental degradation and in valuing environmental resources; (iii) Critically assess the impact of agri-environmental policy on the operation of the Irish agri-food sector; (iv) Further develop transferable skills in critical analysis, presenting and interpreting information, team working, and economic analysis.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures, background reading, class discussion, problem-solving, critical thinking, team-working, presentation preparation and delivery. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Level 1 module in Economics/Agricultural Economics.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
ENVP40100 - Environmental Economics, ENVP40230 - Environmental Economics, PEP20030 - Environmental Economics, PEP20070 - Environmental Policy

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Group Project: Exercise preparing a mock policy document Week 10 n/a Graded No


Presentation: Team mini-presentation (approx. 10 mins) Week 4 n/a Graded No


Assignment: Individual assignment Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Details of readings will be given during the course of the module.
Name Role
Dr James Breen Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 28, 29, 30 Wed 15:00 - 16:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 31, 32 Wed 15:00 - 16:50