Sustainable Development: Political Economics of Environment
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Social Research
Department: Economics
Course Number: GECO 5231
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Economics
  • Social Sciences
The seventh United Nations Millennium Development Goals reads "Ensure environmental sustainability". Indeed, on the surface, sustainable development is a goal everyone could agree with - who would be for unsustainable development? But in fact, there is no consensus on the meaning of the term: some definitions emphasize the importance of preserving natural capital for future generations, while others aggregate all forms of capital together, arguing that our only obligation to the future is access to an equivalent capital stock. A related dispute is over what the relationship is between environmental sustainability and human well-being-as well as how the relationship may differ by gender, class, and other factors. And finally, there are heated debates about the appropriate route to achieve sustainability-for example, whether through neo-liberal trade policies, centralized governmental regulation, or decentralized local control. This course will examine these differing views of sustainable development both in theory and through the examination of specific issues of agriculture and climate change.
Course Open to: Majors Only