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ECN 412E - Environmental Economics

Dersin Amaçları

As the 2019 Human Development Report recognized, inequalities in human development have been increasing in line with slowing social mobility, restricted access to education and health, signs of backsliding democracy, growing human displacement due to war and violence, and swelling political instability around the world. This unfavorable situation probably could not get any worse in 2020. The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, as a reflection of the anthropogenic pressures put on earth by human carbon, material footprint as well as the depletion of biodiversity, may have pushed some 100 million people into extreme poverty, threatening what has been achieved in the fight against poverty and inequality in the last 30 years (Human Development Report 2020, 6). The COVID-19 pandemic, while driving human populations into poverty and inequality, also challenges us with increased zoonotic pathogens, signs of land degradation, water scarcity, biodiversity depletion, soil erosion, worsening climate change-based migration and displacement. Conventional approaches are still prevalent in our culture failing to provide solutions to complex ecological problems. Policy designers continue to recommend deterministic policy options that still regard economic growth as the main goal rather than a means of achieving the well-being of humans in an anthropogenic environment. This course will introduce us to the burgeoning inter-and trans-disciplinary field of ecological economics beyond environmental economics. We will learn new paradigms that challenge the fundamental doctrines of what the market initiative is built upon. At the conclusion of the course, students should walk away with a firm enough grasp of the empirical ecological realities as well as potential solutions to participate in research and sustainable development practices, addressing the expansion of markets and their disrupting impact on humans, the environment, and morality.

Dersin Tanımı

As the 2019 Human Development Report recognized, inequalities in human development have been increasing in line with slowing social mobility, restricted access to education and health, signs of backsliding democracy, growing human displacement due to war and violence, and swelling political instability around the world. This unfavorable situation probably could not get any worse in 2020. The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, as a reflection of the anthropogenic pressures put on earth by human carbon, material footprint as well as the depletion of biodiversity, may have pushed some 100 million people into extreme poverty, threatening what has been achieved in the fight against poverty and inequality in the last 30 years (Human Development Report 2020, 6). The COVID-19 pandemic, while driving human populations into poverty and inequality, also challenges us with increased zoonotic pathogens, signs of land degradation, water scarcity, biodiversity depletion, soil erosion, worsening climate change-based migration and displacement. Conventional approaches are still prevalent in our culture failing to provide solutions to complex ecological problems. Policy designers continue to recommend deterministic policy options that still regard economic growth as the main goal rather than a means of achieving the well-being of humans in an anthropogenic environment. This course will introduce us to the burgeoning inter-and trans-disciplinary field of ecological economics beyond environmental economics. We will learn new paradigms that challenge the fundamental doctrines of what the market initiative is built upon. At the conclusion of the course, students should walk away with a firm enough grasp of the empirical ecological realities as well as potential solutions to participate in research and sustainable development practices, addressing the expansion of markets and their disrupting impact on humans, the environment, and morality.

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