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Social Theory and Sustainability

MESS32, 10 credits

Syllabus» Swe Eng

The course discusses different theories of modern society and relates them to different approaches to sustainability and environmental problems. The focus will be on:

  • Theories of modern society and economy (e.g. Rousseau, Adam Smith, Marx, Hayek, Keynes, Habermas, Foucault, Feminist theories)
  • The complex interactions between different spheres of economy, politics and civil society when dealing with environmental questions as a social problem;
  • The tensions and trade-offs in the interactions between e.g. individual/ society, economy/ politics, cultural values/ technical efficiency, environment/ economy.
  • An overview of different philosophies of scientific knowledge (ontology and epistemology), empiricism, positivism, constructivism, critical realism; and the ability to identify and compare the underlying theory of science in each perspective.
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