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Spring 2010-2011
AAS 337 / ENV 337 (SA)   na, npdf

Liberation Ecology: Politics and Policy in the Creation of a Just, Green Economy

Van Jones


This course explores how the United States might help birth a just, green economy--one characterized by less poverty and less pollution, more opportunity and less inequity. This course examines the political challenges inherent in achieving the policy goals that would allow a just, green economy to flourish. It encourages students to develop their own critiques and to imagine new paths forward. Students will be encouraged to imagine, design and present their own strategies for a renewed ecological politics in the U.S.

Sample reading list:
Van Jones, The Green Collar Economy
Vandana Shiva, Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice
Lester R. Brown, Plan B 4.0: Mobilizing to Save Civilization
Brian Milani and Thomas Berry, Designing the Green Economy: The Postindustrial Alternative
Janine M. Benyus, Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature
Eric Pooley, The Climate War: True Believers, Power Brokers
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 150 pages of reading per week; one 5-7 page paper, and one 12-15 page final paper. Students must select paper topics and discuss their development in consultation with the professor.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 25%
Paper in lieu of Final - 35%
Oral Presentation(s) - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43648 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M   Stanhope Hall   201   Enrolled:20 Limit:20 Closed