The course introduces the historic gains and problems of economic growth, and the principles of degrowth and ecological economics. We explore different frameworks for an economics of radical sufficiency – meeting fundamental human needs and promoting new rhythms and ways of working for a more just and sustainable world. We also introduce new ideas and projects which promote the flourishing of degrowth principles in a Scottish context.
Throughout the course, participants are invited to conduct their own action-oriented inquiry into the themes and issues raised through their own life and practice, and to develop these in peer groups that meet in between sessions.
Who is it for? You’ll get most out of the course if you’re active in and connected to groups, community initiatives and types of work in Scotland through which you’d like to explore degrowth ideas and principles in practice.
When does it run? This online course will run weekly on Thursday evenings, 7pm – 8:30pm, between 30th September – 28th October, with a longer session on 4th November 2021. Additionally, each participant will be allocated to a peer group that will meet twice in October.
This course will be delivered via weekly webinars and online peer group meetings. A digital learning environment will be available, where participants will be able to access the course material. All of the course material will be delivered at an intermediate level of written and spoken English.
Zoom closed-captions will be available. However, captioning may be inaccurate as a result of background noise, volume and clarity of the speaker’s voice, speaker’s proficiency with the English language and lexicons and dialects specific to a geography or community.
We will ensure to facilitate easy communication for speakers of all levels of English and will priortise speaking clearly to ensure captions are as accurate as possible.
We want as many people as possible to be able to access this course. If you have any additional accessibility needs please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
This course is accessible to everyone, regardless of financial means. We’re offering a tiered approach to payment – from free to £200 solidarity rates. Pay what you can afford within this range.
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This rate is for those who, for any reason whatsoever, are not in the position to make contributions at the above rates. Any financial contribution is valued – if you sincerely cannot at this time, this is not a barrier to your participation.
This rate is for those on a below-average income who are in the position to make a contribution which will cover around half the per-person delivery cost of the course.
This rate is for those on an average income or above who are in the position to cover approximately the full per-person delivery cost of the course.
This rate is for those with access to organisational training budgets, sufficient income, or who wish to financially support the course and our work. It’s also a rate in solidarity with those who are participating who are not able to make a financial contribution.
COURSE OVERVIEW AND MATERIALS
Below you can download the relevant handbook section for each session as a pdf file.
Session 1: Economic Growth, its History, Gains & Problems. PDF of Title Page, Contents, Introduction and Section 1
Session 2: Introducing Degrowth Principles. PDF of Section 2
Session 3: Rhythms of Time and Work: Commoning Care. PDF of Section 3
Session 4: Degrowth in Scotland: Ideas and Practice. PDF of Section 4
Session 5: Degrowth in Practice: Human Flourishing. PDF of Section 5
Session 6: Participant Presentations. No Handbook Section
The materials developed for the short course are licensed under Creative Commons (CC) BY-NC-SA 4.0. To view a copy of this license, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0
Luke Devlin (Enough/ Centre for Human Ecology)
Martin Krobath (European Degrowth Summer Schools)
Dr Mairi McFadyen (Enough)
Dr Svenja Meyerricks (Enough! / Centre for Human Ecology)