Introduction to Ecological Economics The pre-analytic vision of ecological economics. Module Topic: Neoclassical welfare economics and Ecological economics Course Learning Outcome(s): 1. Construct the pre-analytic vision of ecological economics Module Outcome(s): Differentiate between neoclassical welfare economics and ecological economics. Activities: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Reading: Chapter 2 of DF Discussion board (Pre-analytic vision: Economic Man): Read the "Economic Man" and “Wants” from the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. State whether you believe humans actually act in such a manner in their daily lives. How do these actions and beliefs differ from those held within ecological economics? Read the postings of some of your classmates and comment on them. Wiki: (This folder: Eco Economics vs. Neoclassical Economics): Create a chart comparing and contrasting ecological economics and neoclassical economics. On each respective side put the main points for each school of thought. For each major point also write down the reasoning behind the development of these practices and their goals, these may be either historical or current needs. Video: Watch ‘Principles of economics, translated’ by the Standup Economist Project reading: Chapter one of FED Discussion board/Project assignment (Pre-analytic vision: Choosing a problem (post under appropriate thread)): Begin choosing a problem and your partners. Post an idea for a problem on a discussion board, or if someone has already posted a problem that interests you, post your ideas there. Self Check: Make sure you can answer the questions on the right, and understand the ‘big ideas to remember’ from DF chapter 2. Submit as Proof(s) of Learning: Activities 2,3,6 For more information about this module and its contents, contact your instructor. At the end of this section you should be able to answer the following questions: What is uneconomic growth? What is a pre-analytic vision? What is the pre-analytic vision of ecological economics, and how does it contrast with that of neoclassical economics? What is scale and what is optimal scale? What is distribution? What is allocation? What are the central differences between ecological economics and neoclassical economics?