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A46 ARCH 579AEcological Economics for Sustainable Cities and Landscapes3.0 Units
Description:This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the fundamental assumptions, the conceptual novelties, and the distinctive tools of analysis that comprise the emerging discipline of ecological economics as it applies to cities and landscapes, and to explore the role this new paradigm is playing in the movement to convert our society from a high-throughput, unsustainable society to a lower-throughput, sustainable system. Standard economics (including the subfield of environmental economics) sees the economy as the whole that contains other all other values. In this view, nature has value because some people will pay to experience it or to enjoy its services. Ecological Economics reverses that relationship by acknowledging that the environment, not the economy, is the containing whole. This approach comprises a revolutionary challenge to the foundational premises of contemporary economics. Economics has never undergone the thermodynamic revolution that swept through the physical, life, and social sciences in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The course will look briefly at this intellectual history in order to place our studies into their broader social, historical, political, and disciplinary context-and to give students the conceptual background and tools they need to engage the old paradigm in ways that will promote its adaptation to physical reality.
Instruction Type:Classroom instruction Grade Options:C Fees:
Course Type:IdentSame As:A49 579AFrequency:None / History


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