The course examines environmental problems from an economic perspective and the nature of environmental policies and environmental policy debates. Students will examine environmental policy instruments in response to environmental problems in theory and with real world examples. At the end of the course students should be able to assess strengths and weaknesses of alternative policy instruments and understand the basis for selecting among alternative instruments to resolve specific environmental problems. Students will gain the ability to apply economic principals to real-world environmental problems, to design environmental policy instruments and assess their effectiveness. Students will also gain soft skills by working in teams and presenting case studies.