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MA in Economics for Transition - Schumacher College

Economics for Transition is about creating an economic system fit for the ecological, social, economic and spiritual challenges of the 21st century as we make the great transition to low carbon, high well-being and resilient economies.

Schumacher College is the first in the world to offer a postgraduate programme in Economics for Transition. The programme has been developed in association with the New Economics Foundation and the Transition Network and is offered through the Business School at the University of Plymouth.

Economics for Transition

Never has there been a more important time for a new approach to economics.

There is an urgent need for a radical rethink of our economic system. We need a new model that recognises the challenges we face now, rather than following the thinking from previous centuries.

This model would mitigate the impacts and adapt to the crises converging on our society which include climate change, the peaking in fossil fuel energy supplies, financial instability, food security and poverty.

It would recognise the absolute need for equity and social justice right at its heart.

For 20 years, key thinkers and practitioners have been developing alternative economic ideas, models and experiments that were once considered radical and marginal.

As we turn to face a new economic dawn, these theories and practices are now moving to centre stage.

Why Schumacher College?

Since 1991, Schumacher College has been pioneering this radical new thinking in economics, attracting the leading teachers, practitioners and activists from across the globe. We have inspired, supported and led thousands of organisations and individuals from many different countries in their quest to achieve a more sustainable and equitable world.

In 2011, in response to the state of global economics, we ran our first MA in Economics for Transition in association with the New Economics Foundation, the Transition Network and the Business School at the University of Plymouth.

This partnership offers you an unparalleled opportunity to learn from the best of alternative thinking available globally.

Coupled with an unrivalled visiting faculty of teachers and practitioners from across the world, you have a unique chance to join those at the forefront of new economic thinking.

Our teachers include:

Visiting teachers will be drawn from Schumacher College associates who include Tim Jackson, Gunter Pauli, Wolfgang Sachs, Jonathon Porritt, Nic Marks, Catherine Cameron, Janine Benyus, Ken Webster, Richard Douthwaite, Bunker Roy and many other key thinkers and activists.

Schumacher College believes in a radical and rigorous approach to learning that develops the whole person through intellect, emotion, ethics and practice. We value trans-disciplinary approaches, different ways of knowing and creative forms of expression.

Reflective enquiry, participatory learning methods, learning journals and personal development planning are among the tools we use in our small-group learning experiences.

Become immersed in a transformative postgraduate programme that is geared towards both external and inner transition.

Who is this course for?

They are delighted to receive your applications whether you are coming from an undergraduate degree, taking time-out to study mid-career or wanting an opportunity to retrain in a subject area that is of huge importance to our global economic future and well-being.

They are looking for enthusiastic agents of change who are ready to co-create a new economy in practice. They are looking for those prepared to take a risk and stand on the cutting-edge of new thinking in this area.

Schumacher College welcomes students from all over the world in its diverse mix of cultural experience and age group which allows for rich peer to peer learning.

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