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? Enough! ran this online course over six weeks in October – November 2020, in collaboration with the Centre for Human Ecology, Lorenzo Velotti and Martin Krobath. The course is due to run again in autumn 2021 (dates tbc). Watch this space!

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

Contributors:

Luke Devlin (Enough/ Centre for Human Ecology)

Martin Krobath (European Degrowth Summer Schools)

Rebecca Livesey-Wright (Centre for Human Ecology)

Dr Mairi McFadyen (Enough)

Dr Svenja Meyerricks (Enough! / Centre for Human Ecology)

Lorenzo Velotti (UK Degrowth Summer School 2020 and Degrowth Talks)