HUM-470 / 3 credits
Teacher: Thalmann Philippe
Withdrawal: It is not allowed to withdraw from this subject after the registration deadline.
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This course examines growth from various angles: economic growth, growth in the use of resources, need for growth, limits to growth, sustainable growth, and, if time permits, population growth and growing inequality. Although grounded in economics, it takes up elements from many other discipline
In the second semester, the participants select of topic they want to develop using the concepts and tools presented in the first semester. It can be a topic touched upon in the first semester, e.g. sufficiency as a means to limit some resource use, the depletion of some resource or sustainable development in some country. It can also be a topic not yet addressed, e.g. deforestation, the role of innovation or education for growth. What is important is that the topic is an important component of economic growth and sustainable development and that the analysis relates to the material treated in the first semester. Case studies at the level of countries or regions are strongly encouraged.
Participants develop their topic in groups of four.
Sustainable development, economy, growth, environment.
- interdisciplinary perspective
- global perspective
HUM-471 Economic growth and sustainability I
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
- 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.
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 20 pages, not counting references and appendix, if any) before presenting it to the class.
Graded report (80%) and oral presentation with Q&A (20%) in the last one or two sessions of the semester.
See Economic growth and sustainability I
In the programs
- Semester: Spring
- Number of places: 75
- Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
- Subject examined: Economic growth and sustainability II
- Project: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks