ES 705: Political Economy Environmental Issues

Synonym:

52016 (for web registration)

Section:

A

Faculty:

Daniel Smith

Credits:

4

Seats:

15

Semester:

Spring 2008

Meeting Schedule:

Fri 2/1 (1:00PM-6:59PM)
Sat 2/2 (8:00AM-11:59AM)
Fri 2/29 (1:00PM-6:59PM)
Sat 3/1 (8:00AM-11:59AM)
Fri 3/28 (1:00PM-6:59PM)
Sat 3/29 (8:00AM-11:59AM)
Fri 4/25 (1:00PM-6:59PM)
Sat 4/26 (8:00AM-11:59AM)

Description:

Competency Area: Foundation
Required of and Restricted to Ph.D. I students.

Participants in this course study the social and political tensions underlying environmental issues. We do this by examining political theories of democracy, the history and development of economic thought, the exercise of power in diverse political circumstances, the role of corporations in democracy and capitalism today, and the practice and meaning of environmental citizenship. Discussions will center around the political discourse on sustainability, ideas of the common good, individual choice, fairness, social responsibility, and equity. Essentially, the purpose of this course is to familiarize you with the concepts, theories, evidence, and controversies associated with the political, social, and economic dimensions of environmental policy making. (Additional contact hours will be met by specific coursework designed to be completed on-line.)