FUNDAMENTALS (21 ECTs)
October – January (15 weeks / 100 hrs)
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: A two hour sit-in exam in the last class where students will have to answer a question relating to the content of the course. The students will have to write a 1,000 words essay, responding to the question and explaining their answer. They will write their exams with their own laptops, and with access to internet. The exams will be graded by the coordinator of the module
Module 2: Environmental Justice: Origins, Theory, Issues and Movements
6 ECTS, 30 hours
1.- Introduction to the EJ Atlas (Joan Martinez-Alier) 6 hours
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
2.- Global Env Justice and Energy research (Tristán Partridge) 4 hours
It presents the history, vocbulary and theory of global environmental justice framework. Then it moves to review Critical Env Justice perspectives on cultural, political and social inequalities within contemporary energy systems.
3.- Art expressions of environmental justice (Sara Mingorría and María Heras) 6 hours
This two-session workshop interoduces the use of theater and other artistic expressions in environmental conflicts.
4.- 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.
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: A three-hours exam, where the students will be asked to respond to 4 questions from the course, each response up to 250 words long. The exam will consist of statements relating to the content of the class. In two of those the students will have to declare whether they are right or wrong, and in two whether they agree or disagree, explaining why. The responses will be graded by the teachers of the module