2018 Environmental Policy

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Graduate major in Global Engineering for Development, Environment and Society
Murayama Takehiko  Nishikizawa Shigeo 
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Course description and aims

Environmental issues cover a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. For resolving such kinds of issues, it is required to implement legislative regulations, economic incentives as well as planning approaches which reflect the relationships among various stakeholders as a social system, and to repeat evaluation and implementation of specific measures. This course covers 1) the current situation and the causes and basic direction for the resolution of environmental issues from various viewpoints, 2) policy approaches with specific examples.

Student learning outcomes

Students will be able to:
1) explain the targets and principles of environmental policies
2) explain specific methods such as legislative regulations, economic incentives, informative approaches as well as consensus building
3) evaluate ways of implementing environmental policies in specific cases.


Environmental issues, regulation, economic approach, information, planning, participation, consensus building

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

The course basically provides lectures.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 History of environmental issues and related policies Acquire knowledge of past history as well as the structure of this class.
Class 2 Target for environmental policies Acquire knowledge on the basis and methods of setting policy targets.
Class 3 Principle of environmental policy: Polluters Pay Principle, Extended Producers Responsibility, Prevention, Precaution Acquire knowledge on various policy principles.
Class 4 Implementation method of environmental policy (1): Regulatory approach Collect cases on regulatory approaches.
Class 5 Implementation method of environmental policy (2): Economic approach Collect cases on economic approaches.
Class 6 Implementation method of environmental policy (3): Informative approach Collect cases on informative approaches.
Class 7 Implementation method of environmental policy (4): Public participation and consensus building Collect cases on approaches related to public participation and consensus building.
Class 8 Case of environmental policy: Energy transition Acquire knowledge on the structure of environmental policies of energy transition.


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Hidefumi Furasaka "Theory on environmental policy" (Shinzansya) (in Japanese)

Assessment criteria and methods

Evaluate understanding of the targets and principles of environmental policies as well as specific methods (exercises in the class 75%, final report 25%).

Related courses

  • TSE.C204 : System Design & Impact Assessment
  • GEG.E501 : Environmental Impact Assessment

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

None required.

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