Spring 2022 - ECON 484 D100

Selected Topics in Economics (3)

Economic Growth

Class Number: 7643

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    AQ 2122, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 19, 2022
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    WMC 3253, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    To be determined by the instructor subject to approval by the department chair.



The subject matter will vary from term to term depending upon the interests of faculty and students.


This course equips students with a theoretical foundation for studying economic growth and technological progress. Topics covered include sources of economic growth, the impact of technological advances on growth and economic systems, the social-economic factors that influence innovation and the diffusion of technology, and public policy issues on technological progress and economic growth. This course will illustrate many of the concepts associated with economic growth via economic history.

Note: This is NOT a course in economic development.  The models and discussions may have a relationship with economic development, but the perspective in this course will be on growth (with some emphasis on historical growth) rather than modern applications to development. 


  1. What are the Origins of Economic Growth?
  2. Exogenous Models of Economic Growth
  3. Endogenous Model of Economics Growth
  4. Economic Growth and Technological Diffusion
  5. Economic Growth and Institutions



  • Participation (Online and In-Class) 20%
  • Discussion Paper 35%
  • Midterm 15%
  • Final Exam 30%



Weil, David. 2012, Economic Growth, 3rd ed. Routledge. 
Other papers will be added/available through Canvas

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Please note that, as per Policy T20.01, the course requirements (and grading scheme) outlined here are subject to change up until the end of the first week of classes.

Final exam schedules will be released during the second month of classes. If your course has a final exam, please ensure that you are available during the entire final exam period until you receive confirmation of your exam dates. 

Students requiring accommodations as a result of a disability must contact the Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) at 778-782-3112 or caladmin@sfu.ca.


Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.