Scheda insegnamento


L'insegnamento contribuisce al perseguimento degli Obiettivi di Sviluppo Sostenibile dell'Agenda 2030 dell'ONU.

Lotta contro il cambiamento climatico La vita sulla terra

Anno Accademico 2021/2022

Conoscenze e abilità da conseguire

umans have become a force of nature reshaping environmental processes on a planetary scale. This course identifies and describes some ecological issues that poses a challenge for sustainability. It studies their interconnection with economic and political processes. The program builds around three topics: local and global commons, biodiversity, and climate change. The course objective is to provide the tools to understand some ecological challenges at the global level regarding the economy and politics of this generation. Other relevant environmental issues are excluded from the course, such as energy topics, methods for cost-benefit assessments, pollution from toxic chemicals.


The course objective is to provide the tools for the understanding of the economics of climate change at the national and global level. It studies the interconnections of ecological issues with economic and political processes. 

Lectures will be organized around the following topics:

• The Anthropocene

• The science of climate change

• Social and economic impacts of climate change

• Mitigation as a social dilemma

• Economic models of climate change

• Mitigation as risk management

• Inequality in climate responsibilities and impacts

• Mitigation between the present and the future

• Ecological transition using carbon prices

• Ecological transition as a system transition

• The political economy of climate policies

• Adaptation

• Geoengineering


Lectures and readings will be in English. The textbook is William Nordhaus (2013) The Climate Casino: Risk, Uncertainty, and Economics for a Warming World, Yale University Press

Other readings will be made available on Virtuale: some are required while others only recommended. The site will be updated continuously and it is recommended to check weekly.

Metodi didattici

Lectures with slides presentation

Student presentations

Modalità di verifica e valutazione dell'apprendimento

Your class grade will come from a group project and from the final written exam.

Final exam. The final exam is written and will comprise 5-10 questions. Answers are short essays that focus on defining concepts, illustrating theories, reporting empirical evidence, providing interpretations, solving numerical exercises. Rather than focusing on your memory ability, the final exam aims at assessing your level of understanding and your ability to work with the concepts. The focus will be on the material in the required readings and the slides. The final exam counts for two thirds of your overall grade. For those students who opt out of the group project, the final grade will be based entirely on a more difficult version of the final written exam.

Group project. It will be based on a topic or case study taken from a list drawn up by the instructor. Each group will prepare the slides and do an in-class presentation, see the dates below. In addition, you prepare a brief memo with the bibliography, and some technical notes. The project is intended as an active exercise that may require the direct collection of data and their processing. The formation of the groups and the choice of subject will be made by the instructor taking into account students' preferences. The group will include between two and five people, depending on the total number of students in the class. More detailed guidelines will be provided.

Overall Grade. One third of the grade comes from the group project and two thirds from the final written exam. If the student passes the final exam before June 2022, the coursework and grade from the group project will enter into the computation of the overall grade. This procedure will be followed even if the student re-takes the final exam multiple times.

Strumenti a supporto della didattica

Slide presentations
Frontal lectures

Orario di ricevimento

Consulta il sito web di Marco Casari