ESC 601: Political Economy & Sustainability

2010-12-15 -

Course description updated.


74019 (for web registration)




Alesia Maltz






Spring 2011

Meeting Schedule:

Fridays 1/21 - 1/28 (1:00PM-3:59PM)
Fridays 2/11 - 2/25 (1:00PM-3:59PM)
Fri 3/11 (1:00PM-3:59PM)
Fridays 4/1 - 4/22 (1:00PM-3:59PM)
Fri 5/6 (1:00PM-3:59PM)


(Formerly Environmental Economics and Public Policy)
Competency Areas Spring 2010 and earlier: Civic Ecology or Policy elective
Competency Area: Fall 2010 – Required Core
Sections A & B – Restricted to Fall 2010 EE, ASJS & SDS, and students who entered in Spring 2010
Sections C, D & E – Restricted to Fall 2010 SDCC, CB & Science Teacher Certification
Section F – 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.
Sections A – E available as of 12/15 to all ES students.

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. Section F only: *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.)