Doughnut Economics: A 21st-Century Rethink of the Dismal Science

Social Sciences

Course Description

All Autumn 2020 courses will take place on Zoom. Readings will be available online and by in-person retrieval.

In this eight-session course, we will consider questions that arise from a reading of Oxford economist Kate Raworth's Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist, as well as texts by other authors, including Bernard Lonergan. This course is designed for people who have a limited knowledge of economics, but who want to understand the subject better in the wider context of present-day, real-life issues.

Raworth provides a critical overview of some of the most pivotal ideas in classical economic theory, then suggests seven shifts in our thinking: Change the growth goal; see the big picture; nurture human nature; get savvy with the systems; design to distribute; create to regenerate; be agnostic about growth. How can environmental sustainability and social justice be reconciled with the need for economic development? How can today's challenges—such as climate change, wealth inequality, and financial instability—be met effectively and humanely? How can we place moral values at the hub of the economic wheel? How can classical economic ideas evolve to serve humanity's future?

Books to Purchase

    • Doughnut Economics by Kate Raworth

Please note that this course has a maximum enrollment of 14 students.

Priority is given to students who pay upon registration.

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Details

First Session: Wednesday 23 September 2020

Course Length: 12 weeks, Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Discussion Team: Paul Billette, Philip Ehrensaft, Heather Stephens

Degree Credit: Yes

Course Fee: 

$150.00 (standard tuition)

$100.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$185.00 (standard tuition)

$135.00 (promotion for new students)


Course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session. Please note that non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal.

Degree students, course leaders, and students wishing to use credit vouchers should not register online. 

Degree students must schedule an appointment with the Admissions and Accreditation Committee to register for courses at

Course leaders, and students wishing to use credit vouchers from cancelled Spring 2020 courses, should call (514) 935-9585 to pay by phone or to schedule an appointment to pay in person.

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