Barcelona, Spain

Ecological Economics and Degrowth Principles

online course
when 22 June 2020 - 10 July 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 840

Due to the covid-19 outbreak, this course will be taught virtually in 2020.

The conventional economic model is based on the hypothesis of infinite monetary growth, made of virtual bank money. Nonetheless it also requires considerable inputs of energy and materials, which are not infinite and have an impact on our planet. Environmental signals show us we are on the edge of a crisis and the uncertainty about our future environment relates to the development of a new discipline: ecological economics.

Course leader

Claudio Cattaneo
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona/ Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB)

Target group

The UAB Barcelona Summer School is open to standing local and international undergraduates and graduates students. International students who have been accomplished the first year of their undergraduate or at least the 50% of their first year credits at their home university could also be enroled at the programme. A working knowledge of the language instruction is highly recommended.

Course aim

The course aims at presenting a new perspective in the economic field by relating it to the environment: it will consider the possibility of green economic growth, the main dilemmas and implications for the environment; students will be able to contrast two economic visions, that of growth-based economics and of ecological economics and the real-world implications of each one: the trade-off between economic growth (and job creation) and environmental protection and social justice. As well it aims to re-embed economic analysis with social and human dimensions.

The course will adopt Team-Based Learning a novel teaching method in which the students have to read compulsory material prior to the class, and will be evaluated with a closed-answer quiz at the start of each class, first to be answered alone, then with the team. The rest of the session will consist of a short taught class, watching documentaries related to the topic of the day, team work analysing the documentary, a presentation to the class by a team randomly selected and a class discussion based on the video presentation and the theory exposed. Homework assignments will be reading the material for the next day and, in the third week when all groups will have already presented, the writing of a report based on the video presentation and the feed-back obtained in class. The final mark will be based on the results of the closed-answer tests and the written report. In the last three days there will be two visits to real-life projects related to the topics of the course and, for the last day, an overall evaluation and take-home insights.

Credits info

6 EC
All subjects are accredited with 6 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) that your university might transfer to you own degree programme (depending on your home university’s regulations), especially if it has a mobility programme in place with the UAB.

Fee info

EUR 840: Full course's registration fee.