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53713-01 - Seminar: Environmental and Energy Economics 6 CP

Semester spring semester 2021
Course frequency Every spring sem.
Lecturers Frank Christian Krysiak (, Assessor)
Content The course will cover current topics in environmental and energy economics, ranging from water pollution, climate change, promotion of renewables to new designs for electricity markets.

Students will choose their individual topic from a supplied list and work individually on their seminar thesis. However, they will be required to connect their work to the general topical clusters of the seminar and to discuss the work of other students.

During the first weeks, some training on presentation skills and on providing constructive feedback will be given.
Learning objectives You will acquire in-depth knowledge on the topic chosen for your seminar thesis. In addition, you will learn how to extract the main results from scientific studies, how to apply them to a particular question, how to compare and discuss different studies, and how to build your own argument on this basis. If you choose to do so, you can also learn how to (slightly) extend existing studies on your own.
Bibliography Students will receive one literature reference for their topic as a starting point for their own literature search.
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Admission requirements For students in the MA Business and Economics:
Completed Bachelor in Business and Economics. The further prerequisites are that at least one of the following courses has been taken:
14255 Advanced Environmental Economics (Krysiak)
29002 Elektrizitätsmärkte: Zwischen Regulierung und Wettbewerb (Weigt)
17691 International Trade, Resources and the Environment (Taylor)

MSD-Students without a bachelor degree in economics/business and without focus area in economics are supposed to have completed the “Complementary Knowledge in Economics” module (MSD 2017) or „Grundlagen- und Aufbaubereiche Wirtschaftswissenschaften“ (MSD 2010, at least ⅔ of the required credit points being completed). MSD-students with focus area in economics are required to have taken at least one of the courses mentioned above for students in the MA Business and Economics.

Students of MA Business and Economics or MSD will be allocated with the same priority that is higher than for students of other programs.

More about the general prerequisites and the allocation process can be found here:

Course application The application for this seminar is done centrally and online until January 6, 2021 with the Studiendekanat. The link to the online application form and more information can be found here:
The registration is binding. In case of non-participation after registration it will be noted as "nicht erschienen" in the transcript. If you drop the course after having been assigned a topic, you will receive the grade "1.0".
Language of instruction English
Use of digital media No specific media used


Interval weekly
Date 01.03.2021 – 31.05.2021
Time Monday, 14.15-16.00 - Online Präsenz -

The seminar will be taught online with irregular on-site appointments that will be announced.

Date Time Room
Monday 01.03.2021 14.15-16.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Monday 08.03.2021 14.15-16.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Monday 15.03.2021 14.15-16.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Monday 22.03.2021 14.15-16.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Monday 29.03.2021 14.15-16.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Monday 05.04.2021 14.15-16.00 Ostern
Monday 12.04.2021 14.15-16.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Monday 19.04.2021 14.15-16.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Monday 26.04.2021 14.15-16.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Monday 03.05.2021 14.15-16.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Monday 10.05.2021 14.15-16.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Monday 17.05.2021 14.15-16.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Monday 24.05.2021 14.15-16.00 Pfingstmontag
Monday 31.05.2021 14.15-16.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Modules Module: Core Competences in Economics (Master's Studies: Sustainable Development)
Module: Seminar Papers (Master's Studies: Business and Economics)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Umwelt und Nachhaltigkeit (Master's Studies: European Global Studies)
Assessment format seminar credit
Assessment details Students are required to write a seminar thesis based on existing scientific literature on their topic that includes an original contribution. This contribution can be either (a) a (small) extension of existing studies or (b) the application of existing results to a particular research question that involves connecting different studies and building your own argument.

In addition, students are required to present their study, to comment on the study of at least one other student, and to contribute to the discussions during the seminar. Consistent attendance is obligatory.
Assessment registration/deregistration Registration/deregistration: faculty
Repeat examination no repeat examination
Scale 1-6 0,1
Repeated registration as often as necessary
Responsible faculty Faculty of Business and Economics ,
Offered by Faculty of Business and Economics