Description: Processes of social change (related to poverty reduction, peace-building, environmental sustainability, economic development) can be supported or inhibited by economic forces. This course will examine and apply (in a non-technical manner) key economic principles that impact efforts to create social and environmental change. It also examines the assumptions of economic approaches, and the role of economics in the social sciences.
Objectives: This course aims to both enrich and challenge traditional economic concepts by incorporating relevant concepts from a variety of other disciplines. The emphasis is on lines of inquiry relevant to contemporary economic challenges, including sustainability and inequality.
What is Degrowth? by Frederico Demaria et al
Towards a Society of Frugal Abundance pt 1 by Serge Latouche
The State of Happiness, by Nicola Bacon et al
Is a happy life different than a meaningful one? by Jill Suttie and Jason Marsh
Why Loneliness is Toxic, by Wendy Leung
In extremis, by Nabeelah Jaffer
DREAD, FEAR, AND HOPE
Gen Dread by Birtt Wray (subscribe for access)
Revisiting the Limits to Growth, by Hall & Day
The Physics of Energy and the Economy, by Gail Tverberg
A Critique of Techno-Optimism, by Samuel Alexander
Thinking Fast & Slow, by Daniel Kahneman
A World With No BS Jobs, by David Graeber
The Disappearing Company Job, by Mary Lynk
Why Radical Homemaking Makes Sense, by Starre Vartan (re: Shannon Hayes)
Other curiosities can be indulged under "Citizenship, Land, Economy," here.
Politics, Society, & the Mass Media
Citizenship, Land, Economy
Social Innovation Lab
Democracy & Dissent: Intro to Politics