- The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Political Theory
- List of Illustrations
- List of Contributors
- Introducing Environmental Political Theory
- Environmental Political Theory and the History of Western Political Theory
- Culture and Difference: Non-Western Approaches to Defining Environmental Issues
- Environmental Political Theory and the Liberal Tradition
- Environmental Political Theory and Republicanism
- Human Nature, Non-human Nature, and Needs: Environmental Political Theory and Critical Theory
- Environmental Political Theory, Environmental Ethics, and Political Science: Bridging the Gap
- Environmental Political Theory’s Contribution to Sustainability Studies
- Environmental Political Theory and Environmental Action Research Teams
- “Nature” and the (Built) Environment
- Theorizing the Non-human through Spatial and Environmental Thought
- Challenging the Human X Environment Framework
- Environmental Management in the Anthropocene
- Floral Sensations: Plant Biopolitics
- Cosmopolitanism and the Environment
- Sustainability— Post-sustainability— Unsustainability
- Population, Environmental Discourse, and Sustainability
- Are There Limits to Limits?
- Green Political Economy: Beyond Orthodox Undifferentiated Economic Growth as a Permanent Feature of the Economy
- Environmental and Climate Justice
- Environmental Human Rights
- Responsibility for Climate Change as a Structural Injustice
- Environmental Justice and the Anthropocene Meme
- The Limits of Freedom and the Freedom of Limits
- Bodies, Environments, and Agency
- Cultivating Human and Non-human Capabilities for Mutual Flourishing
- Consumption and Well-being
- Capital, Environmental Degradation, and Economic Externalization
- Environmental Governmentality
- Political Economy of the Greening of the State
- Environmental Science and Politics
- Democracy as Constraint and Possibility for Environmental Action
- Environmental Authoritarianism and China
- Global Environmental Governance
- Global Environmental Justice and the Environmentalism of the Poor
- Indigenous Environmental Movements and the Function of Governance Institutions
- Reimagining Radical Environmentalism
- Framing and Nudging for a Greener Future
- Citizenship: Radical, Feminist, and Green
- Ecological Democracy and the Co-participation of Things
Abstract and Keywords
In this chapter, we examine the relationship between environmental political theory and the development of sustainability studies within US higher education. We assess the incorporation of environmental political theory authors in sustainability classrooms and the extent to which environmental political theory and sustainability studies classrooms engage in experiential, skills-based learning. We situate this pedagogy as an extension of the tradition of the liberal arts, especially as developed by John Dewey, and effectively, as citizenship skill development for democratic societies. To teach twenty-first-century citizenship skills, we maintain, is to teach sustainability skills. This entails educating and empowering students to grapple intellectually and practically with the interdependent social, environmental, and economic challenges that define their current circumstances and future prospects. Environmental political theory can and should become more relevant to sustainability studies programs, primarily by strengthening its mission of engaged theory through the cultivation of experiential learning opportunities.
Leslie Paul Thiele is Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Director of Sustainability Studies, University of Florida.
Seaton Patrick Tarrant is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science, University of Florida.
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