Lecturer: Dr. Elona Gjebrea and Dr. Juna Miluka

Office:1st floor at the building of UNYT close to parking area


E-Mail: egjebrea@unyt.edu.al junamiluka@unyt.edu.al

Office Hours: Tuesday 10.00-12.00, or by appointment UNYT webpage : http://www.unyt.edu.al
Lecture hours: Monday, 10.00-13.00 at 3D

Catalog Description

This course examines the principles of environmental issues and natural resource economics for undergraduate students. It reflects the conviction that environmental issues are of fundamental importance and that a broad approach to understanding the relationship of the human economy and the natural world is essential.

Course Purpose

This course is an introduction to the concepts and principles of environmental issues for students who are not Biology or Environmental issues majors. The course will be “topic oriented” and will stress the interesting aspects of various issues such as population and environment, energy and resources, ecosystems, pollution (analysis and policy), global climate change etc. The course falls within the Natural science courses so the information will be orientated toward the natural science perspective rather than economics. However the important issues of economics such as economic analysis of environmental issues, common property resources and public goods, resource allocation etc will be covered during the course. Because environmental issues affect every part of your life, the concepts, information and issues discusses in this course will be useful to you now and throughout your life.

Required Readings:

Living in the environment- Miller, G. Tyller, Spoolman, Scott E, 2009, ISBN-13: 978-0- 495-55671-8

Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Jonathan M. Harris, 2006, ISBN 978-0- 618-49633-4

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course the students will understand the wide range of environmental topics together with a global perspective on current ecological issues such as population growth, global climate change, ‘green’ national income accounting and the relationship between trade and the environment. Numerous examples from current environmental policy debates, thoughtful end of chapter questions will be of help to assimilate the core concepts.

Content of the Course

The following issues are selected (the lecture schedule will be presented also to the students)

  •   Environmental problems, their causes and sustainability
  •   Resources, Environment and economic development
  •   Environmental hazards and human health
  •   Economic analysis of environmental issues, Common property resources and

    public goods

  •   Human population, its impact
  •   Resource allocation and valuing the environment, National income and

    environmental accounting

  •   Energy and resources, Science, matter and systems
  •   Ecosystem management, biodiversity
  •   Pollution and global climate change
  •   Environmental trade and environment
  •   Other issues of interest to the topic

    Course Requirements

    Participation: Participation extends beyond mere attendance. Expect your instructor to keep track of how often you contribute to class discussion (as a whole), particularly during the panel discussion section. You may miss up to three classes without penalty – your first two absences count whether you have a good excuse or not. Each absence beyond the first three will cost you points off of your participation grade. The only exceptions to this rule are severe illness (doctor’s note required) and UNYT approved trips/activities. Appropriate documentation for absences beyond the first three is necessary the class day directly before or after the one you miss. In general: this class is intensive and interactive. Missing class could seriously affect your grade! Students are reminded not to approach the instructor for copies of the previous week’s materials during immediately before, during, or immediately after class. Students are expected to collect materials from their classmates or see the instructor during consultation hours.

    Exams: Two examinations will be taken, one (mid term) and a final exam covering all course content during the final examination period. Test format may combine a mixture of short answer, true/false, matching, sort answer, and one or two essay questions covering all readings, lecture, hand-out and class discussion content. One research paper will be taken after the mid term examination. A field trip will be carried out before the mid term exam.

    General Requirements

    Absence from tests will not be tolerated.
    In the event of illness or emergency, contact your instructor IN ADVANCE to determine whether special arrangements are possible. The University’s rules on academic dishonesty (e.g. cheating, plagiarism, submitting false information) will be strictly enforced. Please familiarize yourself with the STUDENT HONOUR CODE, or ask your instructor for clarification.

    Criteria for Determination of Grade, including Evaluation Methods



Research paper






Letter Grade

Percent (%)

Generally Accepted Meaning



Outstanding work





Good work, distinctly above average







Acceptable work







Work that is significantly below average







Work that does not meet minimum standards for passing the course

Technology Expectations: Power-point, excel, graphical displays etc will be used during the lectures hours.

Note: Students: If you feel that you have special learning difficulties, please, make an appointment with Ms. Enila Cenko. Ms.Cenko is trained to help students with learning difficulties. She has offered to provide this service to our students, just as it is offered in all American universities.

Stay nature, love nature, stay close to the nature. It will never fail you Frank Lloyd Wright

Faculty: Economics.

Department: Business and Economics.

Course Year: 1.

Course Program: UNYT.

Scheduele: Monday, 10.00-13.00 at 3D

Instructor: Dr. Elona Gjebrea and Dr. Juna Miluka

Credits: 3