Introduction to the study of economics as dependent on social and environmental systems and to transdisciplinary problem-solving using ecological economics. Prerequisite: Minimum Sophomore standing. Cross-listed with: ENVS 141.
Dates: June 17 - July 12, 2019; Cross listed with ENVS 141 OL1
This course will introduce ecological economics as a transdisciplinary framework to economic, social, and environmental problem solving. "Transdisciplinary" implies a problem-orientation that draws from a diverse web of knowledge across the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. As such, the class will build on a diverse body of student knowledge and experience from across the UVM campus, draw on each perspective to address complex problems, and build a shared understanding of solutions that are sustainable in scale, equitable in distribution, and efficient in allocation. The class serves two broad goals: (1) to establish a knowledge base in ecological economics from which to build subsequent problem-based learning courses at UVM, and (2) acquire problem solving skills to address complex social challenges. To serve these goals, readings from ecological economics will introduce topics, and students will then apply course material to a class project.
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