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The course deals with the economic valuation of natural goods and environmental damage. It introduces the theoretical concept and points of departure of environmental valuation. It makes a detailed presentation of valuation methods, exploited currently in environmental economics to determine the values of natural goods or to quantify the monetary value of environmental damage caused by economic activity. In connection, it discusses the theoretical and practical the pluses and minuses of the various techniques, including their time, financial and data requirements. Furthermore, the practical applicability of the determined values and their usefulness for economic analysis of administrative and economic environmental policy instruments or for the assessment of private or public projects are presented.

PaedDr. Tomáš Hák, Ph.D. is the teacher guaranteeing this course at the Department of Social and Cultural Ecology of the Faculty of Humanities, CU. Besides him Mgr. Miroslav Havránek, Mgr. Jan Kovanda, Ph.D. and Mgr. David Vačkář, Ph.D. participate in teaching the subject.

The course develops basic knowledge of methods of assessment of the interactions of human activities and the environment. It is based on the concept of socio-economic metabolism, which considers anthroposphere a subsystem of the environment, whic is linked to its surroundings through energy and material flows among others. Students get acquainted with the major approaches for the calculation of indicators of pressures on environment through energy and material flows and of indicators on demands on territory/area. Attention is paid especially to the interpretative possibilities of the resulting indicators.

This course  at the Department of Social and Cultural Ecology of the Faculty of Humanities is taught by PaedDr. Tomáš Hák, Ph.D.. The course develops the basic understanding of social ecology and knowldge of its natural science base in global context.The students qet acquainted with the (mostly qunatitative) methods of description of anthropogenic influences on the environment and their wider social context as well.