Le Grand Syllabus 2017/2018
Pedagogical Method : Each class will consist of an hour-long lecture by one of the course tutors, followed by a 10-15 minute student presentation, and ﬁnally a class discussion on both the lecture and the student presentation. All students are expected to have prepared at least one reading each week and to participate in each class discussion. Course Description : Formal programs for young children are increasingly present in many countries. Mounting evidence suggests that quality early childhood education and development programmes may promote human capital, and therefore potentially alter lifetime trajectories of children, especially for children from more disadvantaged backgrounds. This course looks at early childhood education and care policies with a focus on an economics perspective, while also reviewing diverse interdisciplinary concepts framing the policy context. The main course objectives will be to : Understand and question current concepts in early childhood development and their relevance for policy making ; Learn about the economics of public investments in early learning ; Explore cross-national differences in policies and current policy debates ; Apply acquired knowledge to critically evaluate existing early childhood systems. Sessions will be interactive and require student participation. Required reading : A detailed reading list will be circulated in the ﬁrst week. Students will be expected to read extensively and prepare at least one reading each week ; OECD (2009) Doing Better for Children. www.oecd.org/social/family/doingbetterforchildren.htm ; James J. Heckman and Stefano Mosso (2014) The Economics of Human Development and Social Mobility. NBER Working Paper No. 19925 ; All students are expected to prepare at least one reading each week. Presentation and coursework will require reading widely, and including from outside the reading list.
Prerequisite : There are no prerequisites for this course. Class attendance and participation are mandatory. All readings and assignments are due in English. Pedagogical Format : Seminar Course validation : Students will be evaluated on a mid-term and a ﬁnal exam based on the content of readings and lectures (30%), on class participation and short reading notes (30%), and on a term paper (40%). Workload : Selected readings (one article or chapter per week). Week 2 : W. Cronon, “A Place for Stories : Nature, History, and Narrative”, The Journal of American History, Vol. 78, No. 4 (Mar., 1992), pp. 1347-1376. Week 3 : M. Fisher-Kowalski, H. Haberl, “Conceptualizing, observing and comparing socioecological transitions”, in M. Fischer-Kowalski and H. Haberl (eds.), Socioecological Transitions and Global Change : Trajectories of Social Metabolism and Land Use, Edward Elgar Cheltenham, UK ; Northampton, MA 2007 : 1-30. Week 4 : A. Crosby, “Ecological Imperialism : The Overseas Migration of Western Europeans as a Global Phenomenon”, in D. Worster, The Ends of the Earth : Perspectives on Modern Environmental History, Cambridge University Press 1993, pp.103-118. Week 5. T. Zeller and S. Pritchard, “The Nature of Industrialization,” in M. Reuss and S. H. Cutcliffe (eds.), The Illusory Boundary : Environment and Technology in History, University of Virginia Press 2010, 69-100. Week 6 : S. Barles, “Urban Metabolism of Paris and Its Region.” Journal of Industrial Ecology 13, no. 6 (December 1, 2009) : 898–913. Week 7 : J.C. Scott, Seeing like a State : How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed, Yale University Press 1998, chapters 1 and 3. Week 8 : M. Evenden, “Aluminium, Commodity Chains, and the Environmental History of the Second World War,” Environmental History 16, 1 (2011) : 69-93. Week 9 : R. Guha, Environmentalism : A Global History, New York : Lehman 2000, chapters 5 and 6. Week 10 : R. Fleischer, Soylent Green, 1973 (Movie).
EARTH 2.0 : THE ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY OF THE MODERN WORLD
Semester : Autumn Number of hours : 48 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Giacomo