HUM-471 / 3 credits

Teacher: Thalmann Philippe

Language: English


Summary

This course examines growth from various angles: population growth, economic growth, growth in the use of resources, growing inequality, need for growth, limits to growth, sustainable growth. Although grounded in economics, it takes up elements from many other disciplines.

Content

Keywords

Sustainable development, demography, economy, growth, environment

POLY-perspective :

  • interdisciplinary perspective
  • global perspective

https://www.epfl.ch/schools/cdh/cdhs-vision/

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Critique theories and proposals related to economic growth and sustainable development
  • Reason on social and economic issues
  • Explain the relationships between economic, demographic and environmental variables
  • Compute growth rates and the links between growth rates
  • Differentiate between scientific and propaganda arguments
  • Restate concepts and mechanisms seen in class

Transversal skills

  • Plan and carry out activities in a way which makes optimal use of available time and other resources.
  • Set objectives and design an action plan to reach those objectives.
  • Communicate effectively with professionals from other disciplines.
  • Access and evaluate appropriate sources of information.

Teaching methods

Ex cathedra lectures, but active participation is expected. In-depth teaching and educational support.

Assessment methods

Intermediate exam (1/2 of grade) and final exam (1/2 of grade)

Supervision

Office hours No
Assistants Yes
Forum Yes

Resources

Bibliography

Pretty, Jules (2013), "The Consumption of a Finite Planet: Well-Being, Convergence, Divergence and the Nascent Green Economy", Environmental and Resource Economics 55(4): 475-499 (made available on Moodle page of course)

Bartelmus, Peter (2008), Quantitative Economics. How Sustainable Are Our Economies?, Springer

Bonneuil, Christophe and Jean-Baptiste Fressoz (2013), L’Evénement Anthropocène. La Terre, l’Histoire et Nous, Seuil / (2016), The Shock of the Anthropocene, Verso, London

Faucheux, Sylvie, et Jean-François Noël (1995), Économie des Ressources Naturelles et de l'Environnement, Armand Colin, Paris

Jackson, Tim (2017), Prosperity Without Growth: Foundations for the Economy of Tomorrow, Routledge

Strange, Tracey, et Anne Bayley (2008), Le Développement Durable. A la Croisée de l'Economie, de la Société et de l'Environnement, Les Essentiels de l'OCDE, Paris, France: Éditions OCDE / Sustainable Development: Linking Economy, Society, Environment; OECD Insights, Paris, France: OECD Publishing

Ressources en bibliothèque

Moodle Link

Videos

Prerequisite for

HUM-470 Economic growth and sustainability II

In the programs

  • Semester: Fall
  • Number of places: 75
  • Exam form: During the semester (winter session)
  • Subject examined: Economic growth and sustainability I
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Project: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

Reference week

 MoTuWeThFr
8-9     
9-10     
10-11     
11-12     
12-13     
13-14     
14-15     
15-16     
16-17  MXF1  
17-18    
18-19  MXF1  
19-20     
20-21     
21-22     

Wednesday, 16h - 18h: Lecture MXF1

Wednesday, 18h - 19h: Project, other MXF1