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Economic Growth and Sustainable Development

This course starts by giving a theoretical description of the relation between economic growth, natural resources and the environment. At the centre is the rate of technical progress, which is emphasised by new growth theories. This framework is then used to enhance the understanding of empirical observations. Special attention is given to the types of technical progress that saves natural resources and that makes production cleaner.

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A warm welcome to the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and the course Economic Growth and Sustainable Development!

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The student account
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Registration for the course
Self-registration for the course is done in Ladok between 2021-10-18 and 2021-11-02. Remember that you must be admitted and registered to take the course.

If you have been admitted to the course with conditions, you need to send your credit list to the course leader who will review it and decide if you can register. Do this as soon as possible as reviewing credits may take a few days due to the course start.

Educational support

If you are entitled extra educational support, please inform the course leader at the start of the course so that special arrangements can be made. For educational support for an exam, see instructions in the exam registration in Ladok Student. You need to register for alternative exam arrangements no later than 15 workings days prior to the examination. More information here:

Discontinuation of a course

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Additional course evaluations for NA0167

Academic year 2020/2021

Economic Growth and Sustainable Development (NA0167-20109) 2020-11-02 - 2021-01-17

Academic year 2019/2020

Economic Growth and Sustainable Development (NA0167-20086) 2019-11-01 - 2020-01-19

Academic year 2018/2019

Economic Growth and Sustainable Development (NA0167-20143) 2018-11-06 - 2019-01-20

Academic year 2017/2018

Economic Growth and Sustainable Development (NA0167-20043) 2017-10-31 - 2018-01-14

Academic year 2016/2017

Economic Growth and Sustainable Development (NA0167-20035) 2016-11-01 - 2017-01-15

Academic year 2015/2016

Economic Growth and Sustainable Development (NA0167-20009) 2015-10-31 - 2016-01-17

Academic year 2014/2015

Economic Growth and Sustainable Development (NA0167-20047) 2014-11-10 - 2015-01-18

Academic year 2013/2014

Economic Growth and Sustainable Development (NA0167-20026) 2013-11-11 - 2014-01-19

NA0167 Economic Growth and Sustainable Development, 7.5 Credits

Ekonomisk tillväxt och hållbar utveckling

Syllabus approved




Education cycle

Master’s level

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, other second-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1F)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

Knowledge equivalent to English B from upper secondary school.
180 credits at bachelor level, of which 90 credits in economics. In addition 30 credits in economics at advanced level, or equivalent, are required.


The aim of the course is to give theoretical and empirical knowledge about economic growth, and to apply this knowledge to the understanding of sustainable development.

With successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- account for the fundamentals of economic growth,
- compare and evaluate alternative theories regarding economic growth and natural resource use,
- account for long-run historical trends in economic growth, pollution, and natural resource use,
- analyse the interaction between growth, pollution and the natural resource base.


- Solow growth model, Endogenous growth models
- The Dasgupta/Heal/Solow/Stiglitz model
- Analysis of data concerning resource markets, pollution, and growth
- Directed technological change, growth, and resource demand
- Technological change, growth, and the rebound effect

Formats and requirements for examination

Passed exam, passed project report, passed assignments.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

Recommended prior to course start: knowledge equivalent to at least 7,5 credits in macroeconomic theory.

Responsible department

Department of Economics

Further information

Determined by: Utbildningsutskottet för ekonomi, miljö och teknik
Replaces: NA0115
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course
1) Reading list
Author: Rob Hart
ISBN: xxxx

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Agricultural Economics and Management - Master´s Programme Agriculture Programme - Economics and Management (270 hec) Environmental Economics and Management - Master´s Programme Agriculture Programme - Economics and Management Agricultural, Food and Environmental Policy Analysis (AFEPA) - Master´s Programme Agricultural Economics and Management - Master´s Programme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 13082 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Economics
Course code: NA0167 Application code: SLU-20124 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Economics Pace: 50%