This course will introduce ecological economics as a transdisciplinary framework to economic, social, and environmental problem solving. "Transdisciplinary" implies a problem-orientation that draws from a diverse web of knowledge across the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. As such, the class will build on a diverse body of student knowledge and experience from across the UVM campus, draw on each perspective to address complex problems, and build a shared understanding of solutions that are sustainable in scale, equitable in distribution, and efficient in allocation. The class serves two broad goals: (1) to establish a knowledge base in ecological economics from which to build subsequent problem-based learning courses at UVM, and (2) acquire problem solving skills to address complex social challenges. To serve these goals, weekly readings from a textbook in ecological economics will introduce topics, and student groups will then apply course material to a class project. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Enrollment Limit: 60.
Spring, Cross-Listed Course
Social Science (SS)