Economics with Justice Part 3: Responsibility

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After completing Economics with Justice Part 2: Ideas recently

Term Dates: 2 May 2022 - 16 July 2022 (half-term 30 May - 4 June)

This ten-week course explores our individual and collective responsibilities as human beings in the world. It follows on naturally from the course Ideas – Economics with Justice Part 2.

Responsibility, our ability to respond, is relevant to every aspect of economic relationships with others and with the world in which we live. The course considers what is needed to support the ability to respond appropriately, such as understanding, the sense of empathy or interconnectedness, and the extent to which there is recognition of wholeness or unity. This can apply to individuals and to collectives such as communities, nations or even all humankind.

The course progresses with a week-by-week consideration of individual and collective responsibility in various spheres of economic activity.

Join further lively discourses on Economics with Justice. Enrol today for May start of term. Classes will be on Zoom, each session is 75 - 90 minutes long.

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Payments by Direct Debit are available, of four monthly instalments of £16.25 starting in May.

To set up a new Direct Debit, please fill in the Direct Debit form and return it to our office by 30 April 2022.

 

1 Exercising Responsibility

The cuckoo’s nest and the price for not taking responsibility; three-way responsibility-interconnectedness-unity; individual and collective responsibility; examples of truth and honesty.

2 Growth

Need for growth; natural growth; economic growth; national accounts and GDP deficiencies; qualities of growth; responsible growth.

3 Sustainability

Growing awareness of unsustainability; limits to growth; our common future; UN sustainable development goals; system of environmental and economic accounts; throughput; the doughnut; responsible, circular economy.

4 Freedom

Are we free to live sustainably; society’s potential for freedom; human development and freedom; UN human development programme; the opposite - homo economicus; the common law; self-reliance.

5 Trust

Money and trust; the central bank; commercial banks; cash and convenience; cryptocurrencies and trust; spending money into existence and responsibility.

6 Capital and the commons

Definitions of capital; produced capital; natural capital; human capital; social capital; financial capital; the commons; capital and the commons.

7 Wealth and wellbeing

Wealth; wellbeing; beyond GDP; NZ’s wellbeing budget; conflation of produced and financial capital; real wellbeing and real wealth.

8 Who’s responsible?

Conditions at the point of interaction; examples of unjust conditions; changes required; what agencies are involved; encouraging responsibility.

9 Sufficiency and self-reliance

Nature’s provision; needs and desires; dependency; one with life; food; trade.

10 Privilege and responsibility

Unity-interconnectedness-responsibility; course summary; community and individual responsibility; what we share in common.