ESC 601: Political Economy & Sustainability

2011-12-15 -

Maximum Increased.


81478 (for web registration)




Tania Schusler






Spring 2012

Meeting Schedule:

Fri 1/13 (1:00PM-8:29PM)
Fri 2/3 (1:00PM-8:29PM)
Fri 3/2 (1:00PM-8:29PM)
Fri 3/30 (1:00PM-8:29PM)
Fri 4/27 (1:00PM-8:29PM)


Competency Areas: Students who entered Fall 2010 and later: Required – Core
*Section E – Restricted to Resource Management and Conservation Weekend program students. Note: *This section will be combined with ES 705 Political Economy and Sustainability taught in the doctoral program.

Political economy seeks to explain how political institutions, the economic system, applied sciences, and social movements interact over time. This course will focus on how these dynamics generate varied outcomes in relation to the goals of sustainability, justice, and economic well-being. Students will examine the political and economic roots of the global sustainability crisis. Students will assess political and economic reforms, policy processes, and policy tools that might yield better outcomes. Students will also develop a greater understanding of possible action strategies from within civil society, the business sector, government, and/or international bodies for creating a transition toward a more sustainable society. *Doctoral students will explore theories, evidence, and controversies associated with the political, social, cultural, and/or economic dimensions of a specific topic relevant to their doctoral interests. (Additional contact hours will be met by specific coursework designed to be completed on-line.)