HUM-470 / 3 credits

Teacher: Thalmann Philippe

Language: English

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Summary

In this seminar, students work in groups to prepare a report illustrating material taught in the first semester. Specifically, the groups will choose a significant environmental impact or resource use, and analyse it with the IPAT framework.

Content

Keywords

Sustainable development, economy, growth, environment.

POLY-perspective :

  • interdisciplinary perspective
  • global perspective

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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 20 pages, not counting references and appendix, if any) before presenting it to the class.

Assessment methods

Graded report (80%) and oral presentation with Q&A (20%) in the last one or two sessions of the semester.

Supervision

Office hours Yes
Assistants Yes
Forum Yes

Resources

Bibliography

See Economic growth and sustainability I

Moodle Link

Videos

In the programs

  • Semester: Spring
  • Number of places: 80
  • 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

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

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