Teaching plan for the course unit



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General information


Course unit name: Economics of Water

Course unit code: 573124

Academic year: 2018-2019

Coordinator: Cristina De Gispert Brosa

Department: Faculty of Earth Sciences

Credits: 2,5

Single program: S



Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 62,5


Face-to-face and/or online activities



-  Lecture





-  Other class types




Supervised project


Independent learning




Competences to be gained during study


-Ability to analyze the working mechanisms of the economy and public and private water management.

-Capacity to work in multidisciplinary teams providing the economic perspective on water issues.

-Capacity to transmit economic information related to water, in a way that is informative and understandable for the general public.





Learning objectives


Referring to knowledge

-To assimilate and understand the basic concepts of Microeconomics and Macroeconomics.

-To know the relation between economy and water, and its evolution.

-To study water as a key economic factor in the development of a asociety.


Referring to abilities, skills

-Learning to reason, in economic terms, the possible solutions for water problems.

-Knowing how to handle the basic instruments of economic analysis, in the field of water.




Teaching blocks


1. Basic concepts

2. The Public Sector

3. Demand and Supply

4. Elasticities

5. The firm: Production and Costs

6. Market Failures

7. Water Resource Economics

8. Uses of Water



Teaching methods and general organization


-Face-to-face activities:

    -Lectures outlining the main concepts and content of the subject

    -Practical classes

-Tutored learning activities:

    -Resolution of practical exercises in group

-Independent learning activities:

    -Autonomous learning with the virtual campus documents




Official assessment of learning outcomes


The continuous assessment will consist of:

    -Class attendance and participation: 20%

    -Practical evaluable activities: 20%

    -Final examination: 60%


Examination-based assessment

The single assessment consists of a final examination:

    -Final examination: worth 100% of the final grade



Reading and study resources

Consulteu la disponibilitat a CERCABIB


Krugman, Paul et al. (2007): Essentials of Economics. Worth Publishers.

Shaw W., Douglas (2005): Water resource economics and policy: an introduction. Edward Elgar.