Green Socialism: Theories and Issues

Ref: C2342018

Green and socialist theories and policy ideas for some time developed in different and in many respects conflicting ways. Socialist approaches to the economy have for example prioritised fair and growing productivity at the cost of pollution and damage to ecosystems. Green ideas on the environment have on the other hand neglected wider economic structures and social justice. But there is a substantial body of work which seeks to bring the two strands together in mutually supportive ways. The course will cover 1.eco-Marxist economic theory (O'Connor, Pat Devine) 2.socialist eco-feminism (e.g. Mary Mellor) 3."alternative hedonism" (Kate Soper's approach) 4.conviviality and sustainability (e.g. Ted Benton). Students will be encouraged to evaluate the ideas covered for themselves.

Course aim

This short course provides an introductory overview of approaches which seek to bring together green and socialist theories and policy ideas and gives students the opportunity to evaluate them.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • summarize key arguments and conclusions in eco-Marxist economic theory
  • summarize key arguments and conclusions in socialist eco-feminism
  • summarize key arguments and conclusions in the "alternative hedonism" approach
  • summarize key arguments and conclusions in relation to conviviality and sustainability
  • draw my own conclusions about how convincing the arguments presented are and why

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • You may want to read the Wikipedia entry on ecological Marxism as a starting point (only).

What can I do next?

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Green Socialism: Theories and Issues

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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
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