|Semester & Location:||
Fall 2023 DIS Copenhagen
|Type & Credits:||
Core course 3 credits
Short study tour in Denmark, long study tour Helsinki, Finland.
Environmental Studies, Sociology, Political Science
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|Time & Place:||
Tuesdays & Fridays 8:30-9:50
This course explores some of the key issues and themes of sustainable development based on Environmental and Climate Justice with a strong focus on Degrowth. It focuses on analyzing the different ideologies in the sustainability spectrum to try to understand how and why some policies have different results, expected or unexpected and its consequences. One of the main objectives will be to reflect analytically on some of the consequences of human activity through philosophy, ecology, sociology, economics and postcolonial theory.
We will approach this with a critical lens to the Western ideas of progress, development and economic growth and will focus on how current civilization paradigms, ideologies, and perceptions led to the current environmental crisis. We will aim at understanding the root causes of environmental degradation and will explore the potential systemic solutions from a cultural, social, and historical perspective. We will also explore progressive theories, practices and movements, such as decentralization, voluntary association, self-organization, mutual aid, non-coercion, Degrowth, Post-Growth, the Pluriverse, Eco-feminism, the solarpunk literary movement, etc.
By the end of this course you will:
- Understand how implementing creative future scenarios using different environmental ideologies can give us broader planning and policy alternatives.
- Understand the consequences of choosing specific tools for sustainability.
- Learn how to connect concepts such as risk perception, development, environmental stewardship, resilience, reflexivity, etc., and have a critical awareness of their significance and applicability.
- Understand the different ideological elements contested in international agencies, businesses, civil society and various other actors, how these elements collide or converge in applicable policies and decision making processes.
- Critical analysis of the SDGs.
Cand.techn.soc. (Environmental, Technological & Socio-Economic Planning, Roskilde University, 2009). B.A. (International Relations; International Environmental Regimes and National Security, National Autonomous University of Mexico, 2004). Worked extensively on environmental and sustainability related projects, campaigns and conferences for more than 12 years with a variety of grassroots organizations. Involved at the UN WSSD and CSD process as a civil society representative for more than 5 years. Worked during the COP15 process with Friends of the Earth Denmark as project coordinator for the Flood for Climate Justice. With DIS since 2011.
- Parsons, Laurie. Carbon Colonialism. How Rich Countries Export Climate Breakdown. Manchester University Press, 2023.
- Buller, Adrienne. The Value of a Whale, On the illusions of Green Capitalism, Manchester University Press, 2023.
- The Carbon Almanac, Edited by Seth Godin. Penguin Random House, UK. 2022.
- Schmelzer, Matthias. Vetter, Andrea. Vansintjan, Aaron. The Future is Degrowth, A Guide to a World Beyond Capitalism. Verso, 2022.
- Soper, Kate. Post-Growth Living. For an Alternative Hedonism. Verso, 2020.
- Dryzek, John. The Politics of the Anthropocene. Oxford 2019.
- Mann. Charles. The Wizard and the Prophet- Science and the Future of Our Planet.
- Escobar, Arturo. Encountering Development: The Making and Unmaking of the Third World: STU - Student edition, Princeton University Press, 1995.
- Sunderlin, William D. Ideology, Social Theory, and the Environment. Oxford: Rowman & Littlefield, 2003
- Jameson, Fredric. Archaeologies of the Future: The Desire Called Utopia and Other Science Fictions. New York: Verso, 2005.
- Sheer, Hermann. The Solar Manifesto, Routledge; 2nd edition 2005.
- Tabachnick, David E. The Great Reversal, University of Toronto Press 2013.
- Ropenus, Stephanie. A Snapshot of the Danish Energy Transition: Objectives, Markets, Grid, Support Schemes and Acceptance. Agora Energy. 2015.
- Hickel, Jason. Less Is More: How Degrowth Will Save the World, Penguin books, 2021.
- Hickel, Jason. The contradiction of the sustainable development goals: Growth versus ecology on a finite planet, 2019 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.
- Eisenmenger, Nina. Pichler, Melanie. Krenmayr, Nora. Noll, Dominik. Plank, Barbara
Schalmann, Ekaterina. Wandl, Marie‑Theres. Gingrich, Simone.The Sustainable Development Goals prioritize economic growth over sustainable resource use: a critical reflection on the SDGs from a socio‑ecological perspective. May 10, 2020 Springer.
- Lila Warszawski et al. All options, not silver bullets, needed to limit global warming to 1.5 °C: a scenario appraisal. 2021.
- Giorgos Kallis,Vasilis Kostakis, Steffen Lange. Research On Degrowth. Annual Review of Environment and Resources. May 2018.
- Nick Fitzpatrick, Timoth ́ee Parrique, Ines Cosme. Exploring degrowth policy proposals: A systematic mapping with thematic synthesis. Journal of Ecological Production. Elsevier 2022.
- , The Political Impact of the Sustainable Development Goals. Cambridge University Press 2022.
- Niinimäki, K. (2018). Sustainable Fashion in a Circular Economy. In K. Niinimäki (Ed.), Sustainable Fashion in a Circular Economy (pp. 12-41). Aalto ARTS Books.
- Walker, B. and Salt, D. (2006) Resilience Thinking: Sustaining Ecosystems and People in a Changing World. Island Press, Washington, D.C.
Approach to Teaching
This course has critical thinking and a hands on approach, sessions will be based on the readings, students will develop mind maps as graded assignments.
Expectations of the Students
- Active and voluntary participation in class discussions
- Preparing thoroughly for every class, i.e. doing all of the required reading and research
- Being able to address the readings critically during class, thus displaying a good understanding of the subject matter
- Being analytical and concise in oral interventions, i.e. backing up arguments by facts and references
- Being able to collaborate well with your assigned group
In-class participation will be graded according to individuals being present and on-time (excepting cases of reasonable absence such as illness, with notice). All course meetings (classes + field study trips) are included in this assessment. Final mark for in-class participation will be averaged and will consist of 25% of total final grade. A lack of notification of absence results in a half-grade deduction from your total final grade. After two 'excused' absences, academic affairs and/or a doctors must be involved.
A group case presentation will count for 25% of the grade. Mind maps and will cumulatively account for 25% of final grade. Grades are allocated by group. An essay exam will be individual and will account for 25% of the grade.
|Essay exam 1/ mind map||20%|
|Essay exam 2/ mind map||20%|
|Group´s utopic future story||20%|
|Study tours reports and presentations||20%|
Policy on late assignments and laptops
- Late papers will be accepted, but your grade for the paper will be reduced by half a point for each day that it is late.
- Use of laptops or phones in class –use of laptops is allowed as long as you are using them for class.
Please make sure to read the Academic Regulations on the DIS website. There you will find regulations on:
DIS - Study Abroad in Scandinavia - www.DISabroad.org
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