Political ecology, Degrowth and the Green New Deal

Riccardo Mastini
Summer Academy for Pluralist Economics, 2021
Level: beginner
Perspectives: Ecological Economics, Other
Topic: resources, environment & climate, social ecological transformation, Teaching
Format: Course description/syllabus

This workshop was originally taught at the Summer Academy for Pluralist Economics 2021
Instructor: Riccardo Mastini

Module description

Course form Credit Duration Language
Workshop (online) 4 ECTS 1 week block course English

Qualification goals / Outcome:

After completing the module, participants should be able to analyse the concepts of degrowth, ecological unequal exchange, Green New Deal, and embeddedness by applying theories situated within the fields of academic research of Ecological Economics and Political Ecology.

Course content:

The first day of the workshop is intended to initiate students to the foundational concepts of ecological economics. Ecological economics is an ecological critique of economics, applying the energetics of life to the study of the economy. It also investigates the social distribution of environmental costs and benefits. It does so by deconstructing concepts that are taken for granted like “nature” or “the economy”, excavating their ideological origins.

Teaching methods:

Students will be given a reading list ahead of the start of the summer academy to help familiarize themselves with the key concepts that will be discussed. Each input session will be structured in the following way: 1-hour lecture followed by a 30-min discussion. Students are expected to develop a final presentation for the whole summer academy based on what the group will decide in the course of the first collaborative session.

Kind of module:

It is up to the programme coordinator whether this module is compulsory or elective. It is particularly suitable to be included in study programmes of economics, political science and/or finance. Depending on the prior knowledge of the students, this course is suitable for advanced study programmes as well.

Requirements for participation:

Students who are interested in attending this workshop should ideally have completed or being currently enrolled in a master's degree in either economics, anthropology, sociology, or PPE.

Requirements for granting credit points

contact times self-study exam preparation marking
30 h 30 h 60 h yes(pass/fail)

Assessment pattern

Written exam containing open questions. Pass/fail

Module coordinator

The module is carried out by the Netzwerk Plurale Ökonomik e.V. Responsible staff:
Janina Urban, M.Sc. and Anita Lehner, M.A.

Module teaching staff

Riccardo Mastini is a PhD candidate in Ecological Economics and Political Ecology at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He is a member of the academic collective Research & Degrowth and of the international network Wellbeing Economy Alliance.

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