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ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES (L82)  (Dept. Info)Arts & Sciences  (Policies)SP2017

L82 EnSt 310Ecological Economics3.0 Units
Description:Our planet is finite but our economic theories and practices assume the planet is infinite. This paradox has begun to have political and economic consequences. Continuing our business-as-usual, infinite planet ways will lead to ecosystem--and social, economic and political--collapse. One alternative to infinite-planet economic theory is Ecological Economics, which can be described as economics as if the laws of thermodynamics applied to economic activity. Alone among disciplines with any aspiration to analytic rigor, the field of economics has remained unaffected by the thermodynamic revolution that transformed life and earth sciences in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Ecological economics thus represents the continuation of the thermodynamic revolution begun in the 1880s. This course is designed to give you an appropriate grounding in the fundamental assumptions, the conceptual novelties, and the distinctive tools of analysis that comprise this emergent school of economic theory, while placing this theorizing in historical (and ecological) context. We'll pay particular attention to how the precepts and practice of Ecological Economics illuminate the the largest challenge facing humans today, the necessity of developing an ecologically sustainable society, one that is sized to the non-negotiable source-and-sink limits of our finite planet.
Instruction Type:Classroom instruction Grade Options:C Fees:
Course Type:HomeSame As:N/AFrequency:None / History
SecDays       TimeBuilding / RoomInstructorFinal ExamSeatsEnrollWaits
01-T-R---2:30P-4:00PCupples I / 113 ZenceyMay 10 2017 3:30PM - 5:30PM5090


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