Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL1042: Rational Choice and Environmental Problems

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics: 

  • Human behaviour and contemporary environmental problems
  • Rational choice as a “model” for human behaviour
  • A gentle introduction to game theory (and why it’s useful)
  • Environmental issues, complexity, and models of bounded rationality
  • Social dilemmas and "the tragedy of the commons"
  • Externalities as a basis for environmental policy
  • Rationality, environmental activism, and political behaviour
  • Rational choice and global environmental politics

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity1812 x 1.5 hour lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity1010 x 1 hour tutorials
Guided independent study122Reading, preparation for in-class simulations, exam preparation, basic game theory tutorials, and essay preparation.

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).