How is economic growth entwined with the social, environmental and financial turmoil of the past few decades? How can we have a stable and prosperous economy that does not grow—let alone one that shrinks to a sustainable level relative to existing planetary boundaries?
The predominant economic system is caught in a double bind: its expansion disrupts the natural world, obstructs well-being and fails to curb global inequities, while slowdown destabilises the inner workings of the economic system itself. Persistence in denying these contradictions will end in a process of uncontrolled economic decline, with serious social and ecological harm.
The degrowth movement offers a radical critique and an alternative vision that draws from a range of unorthodox intellectual and philosophical traditions, including political ecology, ecological economics and post-development.
In this course, their insights are brought together. It confronts us with our own biases concerning growth, limits, money, quality of life and so on.
Mr. Crelis Rammelt
By the end of the course, students are able to:
Examination for this course consists of the following elements:
This elective course is part of the minor Sustainability and Economics. This course is also accessible for second-year and third-year Bachelor’s students and other interested parties.
A list of readings will be provided. All articles are available through the UvA network.
You can find the timetable on Datanose.
This course invites students from different backgrounds and doesn’t require any particular specialist knowledge.
UvA-students can register from 7 June 2021 (look for code 5512DEGRY in SIS) until one week prior to the start of the course. If you have any trouble while registering, please contact us at Keuzeonderwijsfirstname.lastname@example.org
Other interested parties, such as contract students or students from other institutions, can register from 7 June 2021 until one week prior to the start of the course by completing the registration form.
Note: contract students can only participate as an observer. They do not participate in tutorials, assignments or the exam.
Check the website.
The IIS strives to reflect current societal issues and challenges in our elective courses, honours modules and degree programmes, and attempts to integrate the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in this course. For more information about these goals, please visit the SDGs website.
|Mode||Short-term, open uva courses|
|Language of instruction||English|