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How is economic growth entwined with the social, environmental and financial turmoil of the past several 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 neoliberal capitalist system is caught in a double bind: its expansion disrupts the natural world, obstructs well-being and fails to curb injustices, while slowdown destabilises the inner workings of the system itself. Denying these contradictions will lead to uncontrolled economic decline, with severe social, psychological 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, such as political ecology, ecological economics, eco-Marxism and post-development. In this course, those insights are brought together to confront us with our own biases concerning growth, limits, money, quality of life and so on.


Mr Crelis Rammelt.

Entry requirements

This course is open to second-year and third-year UvA Bachelor’s students and Master's students, as well as 'bijvak' students from other Dutch higher education institutions and contract students.


You can find the timetable on Datanose.


Registration is open from 13 June 2022 until one week prior to the start of the course. UvA Bachelor's students can register in SIS (look for code: 5512DEGR6Y). Master’s students can send a short motivation to Other interested parties, such as contract students and bijvak students, can register by completing the online registration form.

Please note: as a contract student you can choose to participate either including or excluding assessment. If you choose the latter, you only have access to the ten lectures of the course. If you also wish to attend the seminars, please choose 'including assessment'. 

If you have any trouble while registering, please contact us at


Prices can be found on the IIS website.

More information

SDGs in education

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.

Facts & Figures
Mode Short-term
Credits 6 ECTS,
Language of instruction English
Starts in November