HUM-470 / 3 credits

Teacher: Thalmann Philippe

Language: English

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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.



Sustainable development, demography, economy, growth, environment.

POLY-perspective :

  • interdisciplinary perspective
  • global perspective

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

HUM-471 Economic growth and sustainability I

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

  • Assess progress against the plan, and adapt the plan as appropriate.
  • Plan and carry out activities in a way which makes optimal use of available time and other resources.
  • Communicate effectively with professionals from other disciplines.
  • Access and evaluate appropriate sources of information.
  • Evaluate one's own performance in the team, receive and respond appropriately to feedback.
  • Demonstrate the capacity for critical thinking
  • Make an oral presentation.

Teaching methods

This semester is dedicated to conducting research in groups. It aims at promoting teamwork in the formulation of a problem and its resolving, in a project logic.

Expected student activities

Students pick a topic related to the themes and methods developed in class and prepare a critical analysis of this topic (written report of about 15-20 pages long, not counting references and appendix, if any) before presenting it to the class.

Assessment methods

Intermediate exam on the material taught in the first hour of class (30% of final grade).

Graded report (60%) and oral presentation with Q&A (10%) in the last week of the semester.


Office hours Yes
Assistants Yes
Forum Yes



See Economic growth and sustainability I

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In the programs

  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Economic growth and sustainability II
  • Project: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

Reference week

16-17  MXF1  

Wednesday, 16h - 19h: Project, other MXF1