Coursebooks

Economic growth and sustainability II

HUM-470

Lecturer(s) :

Thalmann Philippe

Language:

English

Withdrawal

It is not allowed to withdraw from this subject after the registration deadline.

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

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. population aging, rising inequalities or the depletion of a resource. 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.

Depending on the number of students, participants will develop their topic individually or in small groups. They will present their analysis in class.

Keywords

Sustainable development, demography, economy, growth, environment.

POLY-perspective :

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

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:

Transversal skills

Teaching methods

This semester is dedicated to conducting research individually or 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 the first semester and prepare a critical analysis of this topic before presenting it to the class. Students participate actively in the presentations and discussions of other groups.

Assessment methods

Graded report and oral presentation. Active participation is also taken into account in the overall grade.

Report: 50%, Presentation: 30%, Participation: 20%.

Supervision

Office hours No
Assistants Yes
Forum Yes

Resources

Bibliography

See Economic growth and sustainability I

In the programs

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  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German