The outline of the course is as follows. For the sake of sustainable development of human society, it is necessary to assess environment and resources with their technologies in socio-economic perspectives. In this course, lectures compactly provide the essence of related academic fields, especially systems analysis and economics. Such contents can be used as basic knowledge after graduation or to brush up on various specialism for career choices. The contents include economics in energy, resources, environment, development and systems analysis on techno-economics, energy, life-cycle assessment, and environmental management. The lectures are given paying attention to the related fields and cross cutting analytical tools.
The aim of this course is for students from various places and future career paths after their graduations to understand various concepts related to the academic fields without requiring prior basic knowledge, and to provide knowledge and toolboxes which can be applied in their roles after graduation. This course is suitable for students who have not yet taken courses related to socio-economics in the environment and resources, and is oriented to students who wish to learn with a wide perspective in these fields, although the contents are basic. This course is NOT suitable for those who want to learn advanced, specialized contents.
By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand and explain various concepts in environment and resource economics and systems engineering.
2) Set targets for various problems in resources and environment in their home countries, to which students can apply the explained concepts and tools provided in the class.
economic growth, energy economics, system engineering, environment and resource economics, environmental valuation, lifecycle assessment, sustainable development
|Intercultural skills||Communication skills||✔ Specialist skills||✔ Critical thinking skills||✔ Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
In the beginning of each class, replies are given to inquiries and questions raised by students in submission of home works from the previous class, quick reviews of the previous class are also given before proceeding to the day's class.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Outline of all the contents of the classes; its aims, procedures, and evaluation||Understanding various fields of environment and resources|
|Class 2||Economic growth (classical, neo classical, optimal, endogenous)||Understanding data and mathematical formulation for economic growth|
|Class 3||Formulation of production function and substitution of inputs||Understanding inputs to explain economic activity (outputs)|
|Class 4||Energy economics, techno-economic systems, economics of global warming, energy systems engineering||Applying production function to various fields of environment and resources|
|Class 5||Mineral resource economics, material flow analysis, waste economics||Understanding various issues of resources from upstream, consumption, and downstream|
|Class 6||Lifecycle assessment, environmental accounting, environmental management||Understanding evaluation of resource use and environmental impacts via company’s activities|
|Class 7||Environmental economics (valuation, cost benefit analysis (CBA))||Understanding methodology for valuing non-market goods and its application to CBA|
|Class 8||Natural resource economics and sustainable development||Understanding management of natural resources in market goods and sustainable development|
Course materials are distributed for one or a few classes in both Japanese and English. Related reference book is "Scarcity and Growth Revisited" (RFF, 2005)
Each homework (10 point/times X 8 times) plus 20 point for a final report
tokimatsu.k.ac[at]m.titech.ac.jp、+81-45-924-5533 (transferred to business celler phone, anytime available to catch)
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