International Political Economy and Ecology Summer School

Beyond Neoliberal Development: Thinking Economy Otherwise

Guest Instructor:

Suzanne Bergeron
Helen M. Graves Collegiate Professor
Women’s Studies and Social Sciences
University of Michigan Dearborn

Course Duration:

June 4 – 15, 2018




10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Course Code:

ENVS 6275 /GEOG 5395 /POLS 6282

Application deadline:

April 2nd, 2018

Course Description

As global development has become increasingly corporatized, its solutions to poverty, inequality, and environmental degradation are often presented as if the aims of development and business overlap. As a consequence, social justice issues related to development goals get framed though a “business case” lens that is focused on achieving capitalist efficiency, profitability, and growth. For example, gender equity programs now revolve around unleashing women’s “untapped potential” for the capitalist market; environmental sustainability projects stress goals of efficiency and profitability; and anti-poverty projects make individual self-reliance and entrepreneurship their cornerstones – while presenting market-led development as the only alternative. This course critically examines these corporatized projects of development, and provides ways of thinking about the economy outside of the neoliberal frame. The course will interweave theoretical work on working within and against neoliberal and corporatized development for social change, in-depth case studies of corporatized development projects and resistances, and a range of alternative frameworks such as feminist economics, social and solidarity economics, diverse economies approaches, ecological economics, buen vivir, and more.

Registration Information

Students intending to take the Summer School for academic credit.
Academic credit for the Summer School will be one half-course equivalent (that is, for a one term graduate course).

Ontario Graduate Students, including York University Graduate Students

You must submit a statement of why you would like to take the course and list your background and qualifications.

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York students who are not FES or Political Science students must file a “Request to Take a Course in Another Graduate Program at York for Credit” form.

Non-York students must file an Ontario Visiting Graduate Student Application form (available from your home university).

 Fees:  For graduate students from Ontario universities (including York), the fee for the Summer School is included in the regular tuition.

Graduate Students from Outside Ontario (Canadian and International)

You must submit a brief statement of why you want to take the course and list your background and qualifications.

Graduate students from outside Ontario should discuss with their own Graduate Program Director whether they must register for formal credit at York to receive credit at their own university. If you are required to register for formal credit, you must apply as a special student, and send both undergraduate and graduate official transcripts to the Office of Admissions at York University. You should also provide to the Faculty of Graduate Studies a letter of permission from your home university.

For graduate students attending university outside of Ontario who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada and who register for formal credit, the fee for the course would normally be approximately CDN $2,700.  (Please inquire about alternative arrangements).

Note:  Be sure to check first with your own university whether or not you are required to register for formal credit at York to receive credit for the Summer School at your own university.

Students who are not seeking academic credit for the Summer School

You must submit a statement of why you want to take the course and list your background and qualifications.

Should you be admitted to the Summer School, you must fill out a registration form which will be provided to you by the Faculty of Environmental Studies at a later date.

Fees:  For all students who are not seeking academic credit the fee for the Summer School is CDN $600.

Admission Procedures

The number of participants in the course will be limited to 30.  About one third of these places are reserved to York Department of Political Science students, one third are reserved to York Faculty of Environmental Studies students, and one third or the places are reserved for Department of Geography. Non-credit participants are included in this proportion.

Admissions to the Summer School will be decided by a committee of all sponsoring academic units.  (For those applicants from outside Ontario who are seeking academic credit, this decision does not guarantee admission into the Faculty of Graduate Studies.)