Teaching at the Institute for Environmental Economics and World Trade

The teaching of the Institute is aimed at Bachelor and Master students of the Faculty of Economic Sciences. Selected courses are also available to students of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geodesy. The teaching programme includes lectures and seminars in the fields of development, environmental and trade economics. Specifically, topics such as agricultural policy, competitiveness, water and energy management or trade are offered, some of which are considered in an international and intercultural context. In addition, the institute's teaching aims to develop the methodological skills of its students. This concerns e.g. econometrics as well as economic and ecological modelling (mathematical programming models).

OUR COURSES IN THE CURRENT SEMESTER

  • Winter semester 2021/2022

    Bachelor Wirtschaftswissenschaft, PO 2017

    Volkswirtschaftslehre IV

    • Economics of Development and Environment (270178)

      Termine:Lehrpersonen:
      Di. 11:00 - 12:30 | VII-201Grote, Waibel
      Inhalt:

      The course introduces the students into important fundamental economic aspects of development, environment and trade. It provides an overview of socioeconomic and demographic developments and world-wide trends (urbanization, digitalisation) which characterize the globalizing world. It focuses on environmental concepts and terms (e.g. externalities, public goods, optimal pollution). Economic growth theories for development and poverty concepts are discussed next to sustainability concepts or footprints. Interlinkages between development and environmental issues are clearly identified and analysed. International framework conventions and organisations in charge of both development and environment are briefly introduced.

      Literatur:

      Selected articles will be provided during the course.

      Bemerkungen:

      Erwartete Vorkenntnisse: Modules of the first two terms; fair command of English language: the students should have a basic understanding of microeconomic theory. They are free to choose the language – English or German – in the exam.

    Kompetenzbereiche Betriebs- und Volkswirtschaftslehre

    • International Competitiveness (273003)

      Termine:Lehrpersonen:
      Mo. 12:45 - 14:15 | I-301Blake-Rath, Seewald
      Inhalt:
      • Concepts, measures and approaches to evaluate the international competitiveness of sectors in an increasingly globalized world (e.g. Global Competitiveness indices)
      • International trade and the impact of standards and labelling on competitiveness of countries
      • New institutional economics and its role in strengthening competitiveness
      • Case studies from the agro-food and industrial sector.
      Literatur:
      • Porter, M. E. (1998) On Competitiveness, New York.
      • World Economic Forum (Hrsg.) The Global Competitiveness Report, Geneva, published annually.

      A list with selected references will be distributed at the beginning of the course.

    • Seminar Development and Environmental Economics (273004)

      Termine:Lehrpersonen:
      BlockveranstaltungGrote, Waibel
      Inhalt:

      Das Seminar ist eine Gemeinschaftsveranstaltung für Studierende des Faches Entwicklungsökonomik und der beiden ökonomischen Prüfungsfächer im Studium Gartenbauwissenschaften. Die Studierenden sollen zu einem Thema einen 20 minütigen Vortrag halten, der anschließend diskutiert wird. Für die erfolgreiche Teilnahme (Hausarbeit, Vortrag, regelmäßige Teilnahme an der Diskussion) wird ein Schein erteilt.

      Literatur:

      Wird themenabhängig bekannt gegeben.

      Bemerkungen:

      Der Termin der Vorbesprechung wird in Stud.IP bekannt gegeben, weitere Informationen werden dort ebenso zur Verfügung gestellt.

      Prüfer: Prof. Dr. Grote, Prof. Dr. Waibel

    • Introduction to scientific work at IUW for BSc (273026)

      Termine:Lehrpersonen:
      BlockveranstaltungGrote, Tr. Nguyen
      Inhalt:

      This block course consists of two to three sessions. It is highly recommended to students who aim to write their Bachelor thesis at the Institute of Environmental Economic and World Trade (IUW). In the first part, the students learn about potential topics and meet their tutors. In addition, students learn about

      • the formal process from registration to submission of the final thesis.
      • their options of writing a scientific literature review, a meta-analysis or doing a thesis with an empirical part.
      • How to find, evaluate and use literature efficiently.
      • How to find a central topic and suitable title.
      • How to formulate research questions and to structure a thesis based on scientific standards.
      • Formal requirements of citation, tables, figures etc.
      • Scientific writing based on practical examples.
      • the process of analyzing data and producing descriptive tables, based on some exercises.

      In follow-up sessions in the second part, students have the opportunity to present their outlines and the objectives they pursue with their thesis to their tutors. No credit points are awarded for this course.

    Master Wirtschaftswissenschaft, PO 2018

    Area International Environment and Development Studies

    • Seminar Asian Economies (377000)

      Termine:Lehrpersonen:
      BlockveranstaltungGrote, Waibel
      Inhalt:

      In a written assignment, students will be given a topic of current economic issues relating to European Asian economic relations. They will prepare an essay of some 10 pages following the format of a seminar paper. The topics will be given at the beginning of the course and students will present their papers during the second half of the course. The aim of the assignments is to generate a more in-depth understanding of

      • the analysis of development strategies taken by selected Asian countries
      • economic structure and institutional settings that have facilitated the economic success of these countries
      • economic relationships to European countries and how these relationships have influenced the growth of their economies.
    • Data Collection (377005)

      Termine:Lehrpersonen:
      Do. 12:45 - 14:15 | III-115Seegers, Seewald, Wendt
      Inhalt:

      The course will provide in-depth knowledge on the design and the organization of surveys for collecting representative household data in emerging market economies; main topics include: sampling design, interview techniques, questionnire design, data cleaning and use of secondary data.

    • International Business Relations (377008)

      Termine:Lehrpersonen:
      Mo. 14:30 - 16:00 | II-013Grote, Waibel
      Inhalt:

      The basic idea of the course »International Business Relations« is to link current topics and issues from development economics to the major International Organizations and Agencies in Development Assistance. Development Organisations generally follow different development strategies and theoretical concepts which are not made apparent in conventional textbooks of development economics. However, it becomes increasingly important to understand such connections. Exploring them will make the agenda and interests of development agencies more transparent and allows those engaged in development activities to better understand the arguments and actions forwarded by these agencies. More in detail, the course will be structured into major current development topics like the effectiveness of development assistance; underdevelopment, poverty, and vulnerability; sustainability, food safety and food security; world food crisis and price fluctuations; globalization and trade, and climate change. These topics have been developed, adjusted and shaped by major socio-economic, institutional and political and environmental trends over time. They were taken up by different international organisations and agencies like the United Nations System, the World Bank, the Regional Development Banks, the World Trade Organisation, the German Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation, private sector organisations including the German Technical Agency (GIZ), or non-governmental organizations. As major objectives of the course, the students will (i) get familiarized with the major players in development assistance, (ii) learn about the development strategies and conceptual theories, and (iii) discover the connection between development strategies of international organisations and their underlying economic and development theories.

    • Micro- and Macroeconomic Simulation Modeling (377015)

      Termine:Lehrpersonen:
      Mi. 14:30 - 16:00 | III-115Gronau, Nöldeke, Ruesink
      Inhalt:

      Simulation models are of high importance for policy-planning, decision-making and scientific analyses. Applications range from business and economy problems to behavioral and impact evaluations. The course provides knowledge about the methodology, design and implementation of different modeling techniques focusing on micro- and macroeconomic simulations. In particular, students deal with the construction and application of optimization, equilibrium, agent-based and econometric models. Hands-on exercises help to familiarize. Finally, students gain useful skills about the GAMS, NetLogo and Stata software. In this way, the course is relevant for business practice, but possibly also for the methodological application in a master thesis.

    • Colloquium for Graduate and Master Students (377018)

      Termine:Lehrpersonen:
      Di. 16:15 - 17:45 (14-tägig) | III-115Grote, Waibel
      Inhalt:

      Presentation and critical discussion of proposals and studies from Master Students.

      Bemerkungen:

      Interested participants are requested to register at the secretariat of the Institute for Environmental Economics and World Trade.

    • Introduction to scientific work at IUW for MSc (377022)

      Termine:Lehrpersonen:
      BlockveranstaltungGrote, Tr. Nguyen
      Inhalt:

      This course will provide guidelines to the students who plan to do their Master’s thesis at the Institute for Environmental Economics and World Trade. It will be majorly a block course, with some additional lectures. At the end of the course, we expect the students to have a proposal for their thesis. A proposal should be a one-page document that highlights the research topic, questions, and basic methodology that will be followed by the thesis.

      Course structure:

      Session 1: Deciding on a thesis topic and guidelines for the course

      Thesis areas or topics will be pitched to the students by the IUW team. If students already have an idea, they could also pitch these to the supervisors.

      (Pause of 1 to 2 weeks (can be longer), where students will decide on topics and submit these to the institute. If they need assistance, they can talk to the IUW team)

      Session 2 to session 4: Understanding and working with data sets

      Session 2 – Introduction to datasets and study regions

      We can create student groups based on their region of study (SE Asia, Africa).

      Session 3 – Introduction to Econometrics and STATA

      Session 4 – Basic STATA commands and methods

      Session 5 and Session 6: How to write a thesis

      We talk about thesis structure, how to find literature, referencing, how to time your progress, give examples of good theses (we will not share any thesis, just give hypothetical examples), and answer student questions. Additionally, guidelines on how to write a proposal will be discussed.

      (Pause of 1 to 2 weeks for students to work on proposal)

      Session 7: Proposal presentation

      The students present their proposal to the IUW team and other students. They can get feedback and also ask questions. This would be optional.

      Additional benefits from the course:

      1. Work groups – student working on similar topics or datasets can form groups to help each other through the process
      2. Group forum – on StudIP, we create a forum, where students can ask questions. This way, other students could also help or if the supervisor answers, it would also be helpful for the other students.

      No credit points are awarded for this course. It is highly recommended for Master students who write their thesis at IUW.

    Mehrere Areas

    • Energy Economics (379037)

      Termine:Lehrpersonen:
      Di. 14:30 - 16:00 | III-115Gronau, Tr. Nguyen
      Inhalt:

      Access to energy is the linchpin of industrial production. Yet the energy market itself is not an ordinary commodity market. In this context many questions arise: What drives energy prices on this market? How is trade of energy products regulated and distorted? How do players deal with market imbalances? How do environmental concerns factor in?

      This course will provide you with tools to analyse these and other questions linked to energy value chain. With an emphasis on environmental issues we will cover topics surrounding the energy sector like the certification schemes, CO2 trade, national and global institutions, resource management, market power and others.

      Literatur:

      Selected reading material will be provided.

    • Environmental Economics (379038)

      Termine:Lehrpersonen:
      Di. 12:45 - 14:15 | II-013Grote
      Inhalt:

      The course focuses on the following four major topics: (1) the economics of pollution (the role of taxes, standards, subsidies, labeling, marketable pollution permits and payments for environmental services); (2) methods for valuing the environment (revealed, imputed and expressed willingness to pay); (3) accounting and integrative methods (footprints, national accounting matrix, life cycle analysis), and (4) the economics of natural resources (renewable and exhaustible resources ; extinction of species).

      Literatur:

      Pearce, David and Kerry Turner (1990): Economics of Natural Resources and The Environment. Essex, England.

      Tietenberg, Tom and Lynne Lewis (2012): Environmental and Natural Resource Economics. Pearson International Edition, 9th Edition.

      Bemerkungen:

      The course will be held in English, however, for the exam students are free to choose the language - English or German.

    • Exercise Environmental Economics (379054)

      Termine:Lehrpersonen:
      BlockveranstaltungBierkamp, Deißler, Seegers
      Inhalt:

      The exercise is a supplement to the lecture “Environmental Economics” by addressing and deepening course contents and exploring further perspectives of selected topics. Students apply and discuss theoretical and scientific approaches by means of practical applications. The exercise also aims to promote interaction between students.

      Bemerkungen:

      The exercise will take place every two weeks 1 ½ hours. Selected Dates will be announced.

    • Exercise Energy Economics (379055)

      Termine:Lehrpersonen:
      Do. 14:30 - 16:00 | III-115Tr. Nguyen

    Doktorandenkolloquium

    • Seminar International Doctoral Studies (72824)

      Termine:Lehrpersonen:
      Di. 16:15 - 17:45 (14-tägig) | III-115Grote, Waibel
      Inhalt:

      Studies and progress reports presented by doctoral students will be critically assessed and discussed.

      Bemerkungen:

      Interested participants are requested to register at the secretariat of the Institute for Environmental Economics and World Trade.

    Forschungsveranstaltungen

    • Kolloquium Innovation und Lernen (77787)

      Termine:Lehrpersonen:
      BlockveranstaltungBlaufus, Dierkes, Dräger, Foege, Gassebner, Gnutzmann-Mkrtchyan, Grote, Haunschild, Piening, Prokopczuk, Schöndube, Schröder, Sibbertsen, Weber, Wielenberg
      Inhalt:

      Im Kolloquium werden Forschungsprojekte im Rahmen des Forschungsschwerpunkts "Innovation und Lernen" vorgestellt.

    Nebenfachstudium

    Gartenbau

    • Ökonomie für Biosysteme, Teil 2: Preis- und Kostentheorie für die Bioproduktion (76409)

      Termine:Lehrpersonen:
      Mo. 11:00 - 12:30 | III-115Gronau, Tr. Nguyen, Ruesink
      Inhalt:

      Die Vorlesung behandelt die Bestimmungsgründe der Güternachfrage, des Güterangebots und der Preisbildung - Die Zusammenhänge werden am Beispiel von Gartenbauprodukten erläutert.

      Literatur:
      • Schumann, J. U. (1999) Grundzüge der mikroökonomischen Theorie, Berlin.
      • Stobbe, A. (1991) Mikroökonomik, 2. Auflage Berlin.
      • Koester, U. (2005) Grundzüge der landwirtschaftlichen Marktlehre, 3. Auflage München.
      • Henze, A. (1994) Marktforschung - Grundlage für Marketing und Marktpolitik.
      Bemerkungen:

      Die Veranstaltung findet von 12:15 - 13:45 Uhr statt.

    • Colloquium for Graduate and Master Students (76463)

      Termine:Lehrpersonen:
      Di. 16:15 - 17:45 (14-tägig) | III-115Grote, Waibel
      Inhalt:

      Presentation and critical discussion of proposals and studies from Master Students.

      Bemerkungen:

      Interested participants are requested to register at the secretariat of the Institute for Environmental Economics and World Trade.

    • Seminar International Doctoral Studies (72824)

      Termine:Lehrpersonen:
      Di. 16:15 - 17:45 (14-tägig) | III-115Grote, Waibel
      Inhalt:

      Studies and progress reports presented by doctoral students will be critically assessed and discussed.

      Bemerkungen:

      Interested participants are requested to register at the secretariat of the Institute for Environmental Economics and World Trade.

    • Environmental Economics (76476)

      Termine:Lehrpersonen:
      Di. 12:45 - 14:15 | II-013Grote
      Inhalt:

      The course focuses on the following four major topics: (1) the economics of pollution (the role of taxes, standards, subsidies, labeling, marketable pollution permits and payments for environmental services); (2) methods for valuing the environment (revealed, imputed and expressed willingness to pay); (3) accounting and integrative methods (footprints, national accounting matrix, life cycle analysis), and (4) the economics of natural resources (renewable and exhaustible resources ; extinction of species).

      Literatur:

      Pearce, David and Kerry Turner (1990): Economics of Natural Resources and The Environment. Essex, England.

      Tietenberg, Tom and Lynne Lewis (2012): Environmental and Natural Resource Economics. Pearson International Edition, 9th Edition.

      Bemerkungen:

      The course will be held in English, however, for the exam students are free to choose the language - English or German.

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