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Ecological Economics : A Workbook for Problem-Based Learning,9781559633130

Ecological Economics : A Workbook for Problem-Based Learning

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Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 3/25/2005
Publisher(s): Island Pr
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Summary

Ecological economics addresses one of the fundamental flaws in conventional economics--its failure to consider biophysical and social reality in its analyses and equations. Ecological Economics: Principles and Applications is an introductory-level textbook that offers a pedagogically complete examination of this dynamic new field.As a workbook accompanying the text, this volume breaks new ground in applying the principles of ecological economics in a problem- or service-based learning setting. Both the textbook and this workbook are situated within a new interdisciplinary framework that embraces the linkages among economic growth, environmental degradation, and social inequity in an effort to guide policy in a way that respects fundamental human values. The workbook takes the approach a step further in placing ecological economic analysis within a systems perspective, in order to help students identify leverage points by which they can help to affect change. The workbook helps students to develop a practical, operational understanding of the principles and concepts explored in the text through real-world activities, and describes numerous case studies in which students have successfully completed projects.Ecological Economics: A Workbook for Problem-Based Learning represents an important new resource for undergraduate and graduate environmental studies courses focusing on economics, environmental policy, and environmental problem-solving.

Table of Contents

Note to Instructors: The Guide on the Side xi
Acknowledgments xvii
Introduction: What Does an Ecological Economist Do? 1(14)
PART I THE PROBLEM BASE
15(58)
Choosing a Problem
17(18)
Defining the Problem
35(18)
Structuring the Problem
53(20)
PART II ANALYSIS
73(48)
Breaking Down the Problem
75(20)
Evaluating the Objectives
95(26)
PART III SYNTHESIS
121(50)
Bringing It All Together
123(22)
Synthesis Frameworks
145(26)
PART IV COMMUNICATION AND NEXT STEPS
171(36)
Communication
173(16)
Changing the World
189(18)
About the Authors 207(2)
List of Contributors 209(2)
Index 211

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