This elective course is part of the minor Sustainability and Economics
In addition to students taking the minor, this course is also accessible for other UvA students and other parties.
No prior knowledge is required.
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 and fails to curb global inequities, while slowdown destabilises the inner workings of economic system itself. Many continue to hope against hope that economic growth can be decoupled from its ecological impact and will bring wealth to all. However, these perspectives trivialise the fundamental contradictions between the goals of economic profitability, environmental sustainability and social justice. To persist 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 using a system dynamics approach. It confronts us with our own biases concerning growth, limits, money, well-being and so on.
Key literature and optional readings.
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|Mode||Short-term, open uva courses|
|Language of instruction||English|