Environment Policy, Sustainable Development and the Economics of Climate Change
Cape Town, South Africa, at University of Cape Town (in January)
This course will not be offered in 2014. Check back in May 2014 for updates on a 2015 offering.
Poverty, natural resource management, and environmental degradation are inextricably linked, and this course explores ways that economic analysis can help identify underlying problems and formulate effective policy responses. We focus on the challenges that global climate change present to the developing world, and how policies can be designed to help mitigate these challenges. Major topics include: the relationship between economic growth and the environment; social/environmental institutions and common property resource management; behavioral and experimental approaches to climate research; choosing appropriate policy instruments for environmental protection; relationships between human health and the environment and how understanding these relationships can help inform policy design. Particular emphasis will be placed on the intersection of these issues in sub-Saharan Africa, with exposure to field research in communities near Cape Town, South Africa.
Course prerequisites: Wagner's CORE-GP 1018 Microeconomics, or equivalent, or permission from the instructor.
As part of the course students will spend time visiting Khayelitsha township and a course-relevant solar power site, a fishing village and Cape Peninsula, as well as local cultural attractions, such as a city tour (including visits to the Malay Quarter and Parliament buildings), and visits to the the South African and District Six Museums.
Tuition: $3,968 for 4 credits, matriculated graduate students, plus registration and support fees. Click here for more information on tuition and fees.
Non-refundable program activities fee (includes housing, guided tours, and several meals): approximately $1,500.00
Accommodation and Logistics
Participants stay in dormitory housing at University of Cape Town. The activity fee covers housing costs, some (but not all) site visits, and some (but not all) meals.
Flight: Participants must book and pay for their own flights, and should do so as early as possible. Several airlines fly to Cape Town, including British Airways, Virgin Airways, Lufthansa, etc.
Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid for up to 6 months after course date, not before.
Tourist Visa: U.S. passport holders traveling for 90 days or less for tourism or business purposes do not need visas. U.S. green card holders (non-US passport holders) who are nationals of other countries may have to apply for a "tourist" (not "student" or "business") visa, and should look up their respective visa requirements here.
Registration and Information
The request for registration application will be available in early October (see request for registration information above on upper right). Students will be notified later in October regarding their status in the course. For students who have been approved to enroll in the course, the $1,500.00 activity fee (deposit) will be due in late October via a credit card form sent electronically to students. Once the deposit is received, NYU Wagner will register students for the course.
Upper-level undergraduate students seeking to take the course for credit must first gain approval from their advisor and then contact firstname.lastname@example.org for registration procedures.
Non-matriculated, non-NYU, and non-credit participants should contact email@example.com for directions on how to apply.
For all inquiries about the program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 212-998-7411.