Fall term

FALL TERM (October – January 15 weeks – 100 hrs) FUNDAMENTALS (21 ECTs)

Module 1: Theoretical and Conceptual Foundations of Degrowth

6 ECTS, 30 hours

What is degrowth (Federico Demaria, Francois Schneider, Filka Sekulova)

This course will lay out the theoretical foundations of degrowth, surveying various contributions from various schools of thought. We will discuss writings of the French authors writing in the field of anti-utilitarianism, critics of development and progress (Latouche, Aries, Mauss.), as well as the conceptual foundations of degrowth related to the notions of voluntary simplicity, ecology, deepening democracy, decoloniality, social and biophysical limits to growth. The course will include interactive and deliberative workshops as well as field visits where some of the theoretical concepts studied in class are used as a source of inspiration for practical applications.

Evaluation: 50% of the mark through a work presented in class and 50% through a take home exam or essay.

 

Module 2: Environmental Justice: Origins, Theory, Issues and Movements

6 ECTS, 30 hours

1.- Urban Environmental Justice (Isabelle Anguelovski) 15 hours

This course lays the foundation for some of the key themes in environmental justice, including origins and theories of environmental justice. The course addresses specific topics such as urban environmental justice, relationship between gentrification and social classes, health and greening of cities.

2.- Environmental Justice and Introduction to the EJ Atlas (Beatriz Rodriguez-Labajos, Joan Martinez-Alier) 15 hours

The course focusses on the study of the rise of the global movement for environmental justice, and issues of environmental justice in natural resource management. It presents the Environmental Justice Atlas as a tool to address and give concrete visibility to these themes and finally deals with conflicts on access to different types of ecosystem services

Evaluation:

Urban Environmental Justice: 50% of the mark through a work presented in class and 50% through a take home exam or essay.

Environmental Justice and Introduction to the EJ Atlas: As a practical approach to the study of environmental justice conflicts you are required to fill in one cases in the EJAtlas and a form to analyse the cultural and artistic manifestations analysed in the conflicts (min 5 per conflict), thereby learning about the causes of the conflicts, the social actors and their forms of mobilization, the companies involved, the visible or potential impacts of the projects causing the conflicts, and the outcomes. The results of this work will be shared by the class in the weakly discussion on progress. At the end of the course, each student will present a 1- page document (max) specifying the case introduced in the EJAltas and the cultural and artistic manifestations analysed in the conflicts (min 5 per conflict). This work will represent 100% of the grade in this course

 

Module 3: Political Ecology and Degrowth Economics

9 ECTS 40 hours

1.- Political Ecology (Marta Conde, Diego Andreucci) 20 hours

The course offers a critical introduction to Political Ecology, the study of ecological distribution conflicts and the ways in which power affects access over resources as well as opportunities for human-centred development. Drawing from a range of approaches—particularly, ecological economics, post- structuralism and neo-Marxism—the course will examine key concepts and theoretical frameworks that underlie the contemporary critique of development and growth.

2.- Degrowth Economics (Giorgos Kallis, Salvador Pueyo) 20 hours

An introduction to the classics and foundational texts of ecological economics, followed by a discussion of political economy, and their application to the understanding of the growth process, and contemporary debates about degrowth.

Evaluation: 50% of the mark through a work presented in class and 50% through a take home exam or essay.