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

Human and Social Sciences

Course Description

In this eight-week 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 uses a doughnut as a visual metaphor for thinking economically about the challenges humanity now faces. She provides a critical overview of some of the most pivotal ideas in classical economic theory, then suggests making seven shifts to 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? We will engage Raworth’s bracing analysis of classical economics as well as her inspirational perspective on the discipline’s future in the 21st century.

Please note, that all courses have a maximum enrollment of 18 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, April 1st, 2020

Course Length: 8 weeks, Wednesdays, 10 PM - 12 PM

Discussion Team: Paul Billet and Heather Stephens

Course Fee: 

$130.00 (tuition fee)

$86.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$160.00 (tuition fee)

$116.00 (promotion for new students)


Please note, degree students must schedule an appointment with the Admissions and Accreditation Committee to register for courses for this term. Degree students should not register online.

The 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.

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