THINKING THROUGH THE ENVIRONMENT

Objectives   -     45 Hrs
Natural environment necessarily lends itself to multiple disciplinary inquiries. While science and economics provides data, system of information, knowledge and models of management about the earth and its resources, environmental ethics enables one to ask ‘how then, should we live?’ This course aims to provide a holistic and a deeper understanding of the environment, its varied interpretations and ways of relating to it. This course also seeks to cultivate moral and ethical thinking about the environment to develop basics of sustainable living.  
 
UNIT 1 Environmentalism - 10 Hrs
Environmentalism – tracing the history of global environmental consciousness and movements – Varieties of environmentalism – English love of the country – Wilderness thinking in America – Chipko and Silent Valley movements in India
UNIT 2 Economics of the Environment and its Critique - 15 Hrs
Environmental Economics – resource economics – ecological economics; How economists see the environment; Economics of renewable and exhaustible resources; Carbon trading; Economist’s perspective on Sustainability; Concepts of environmental values – Total economic value; Standard methods to value the environment; Reconsidering Economics; Bounded rationality and the environment
 
UNIT 3 Ecofeminism and Ecocriticism - 10 Hrs
Gender and environment; Ecofeminism; androcentrism; Deep ecology – ecofeminism debate; Ecocriticism; Romantic ecology; Nature writings; Thinking like a mountain; The forgetting and remembering of the air 
 
UNIT 4 Environmental Ethics - 10 Hrs
Environmental Ethics; An autobiography of your relationship with the earth; Environmental justice; Discounting; Climate change debates; Environmental refugees; The inconvenient truth; Basics of sustainable living; Know your carbon footprints
 
References
1.Abram, D. (1996). The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-human World. New York: Vintage Books
2.Bhattacharya, R.N. (2004). Environmental Economics. Oxford University Press
3.Clark, T. (2011). Literature and the Environment. Cambridge University Press
4.Garrard, G. (2011). Ecocriticism. Routledge
5.Guha, R. (2000). Environmentalism. Oxford University Press
6.Leopold, A. (1949).  A Sand County Almanac. Oxford: Oxford University Press
7.Sankar, U. (ed.) (2000). Environmental Economics. Oxford University Press
8.Stavins, R.N. (Ed.) (2012). Economics of the Environment. New York, London: W.W. Norton
9.Carson, R. (1963). Silent Spring. London: Hamish Hamilton 
10.Martinez – Alier, J. (2002). The Environmentalism of the Poor: A Study of Ecological Conflicts and Valuation. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar
11.Plumwood, V. (1993).  Feminism and the Mastery of Nature. London: Routledge
12.Warren, K.J. (ed), (1994).  Ecological Feminism. London: Routledge.

Programmes
Open Electives