Decent Work and Economic Growth

Sustainable Development Goal 8 is to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

The courses listed below contain content relative to the pursuit of this goal.  Click through to read more about each course, and to be linked to the course page in the UTSC Calendar.

For more information on the Goal itself, visit

Culture and Society in Africa


An overview of the range and diversity of African social institutions, religious beliefs and ritual, kinship, political and economic organization, pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial experience.

Africa in the Postcolonial Era


Topics include African socialism and capitalism; structural adjustment and resource economies; dictatorship and democratization; migration and urbanization; social movements.

Public Decision Making


The course begins by examining various rationales for public involvement in the economy and then examines a number of theories explaining the way decisions are actually made in the public sector. 

Economic Aspects of Public Policy


 In this course, we learn the key assumption behind and techniques used by CBA and how to apply these methods in practice.

Comparative Economic Systems


Half of the course will focus on general theoretical systems models; the other half will empirically study Russia, China and other systems.

Labour Economics I


 The topics covered will include: labour supply; labour demand; equilibrium in competitive and non-competitive markets; non-market approaches to the labour market; unemployment. 

Labour Economics II


Topics covered will include: unions; wage structures; sex and race discrimination; human capital theory; investment in education.

International Economics: Finance


The international monetary system: fixed "versus" flexible exchange rates, international capital movements, and their implications for monetary policy.

International Economics: Trade Theory


An outline of the theories of international trade that explain why countries trade with each other, and the welfare implications of this trade, as well as empirical tests of these theories.

Topics in North American Economic Development


Students will survey current theoretical approaches in economic history, study particular topics in North American economic history, and develop hands-on practice in data collection and analysis.

International Economics


This course provides general understanding on issues related to open economy and studies theories in international trade and international finance. 

Advanced Macroeconomic Theory


This course will review recent developments in macroeconomics, including new classical and new Keynesian theories of inflation, unemployment and business cycles.

Sustainability in Practice


This course is intended for students who would like to apply theoretical principles of environmental sustainability learned in other courses to real world problems.

Project Management in Environmental Studies


Supervision will be provided by a faculty member with active research in geography, ecology, natural resource management, environmental biology, or geosciences as represented within the departments.



Three modules take students from relatively simple determinations of risk (e.g., infrastructure flooding) towards more complex, real-world, inclusive considerations (e.g., ecosystem impacts of climate change).

Geographies of Urban Poverty


This course will explore the following themes: racialization of poverty, employment and poverty, poverty and gender socio-spatial polarization, and housing and homelessness.

Business Ethics


An examination of philosophical issues in ethics, social theory, and theories of human nature as they bear on business. 

Comparative Public Policy


The course explores factors that influence a country’s policy making process and why countries’ policies diverge or converge.