Sustainable development is the most urgent challenge facing humanity. Its fundamental question is: How can the world economy continue to develop in a way that is socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable? This course provides a broad overview of the interactions between the economy and our environment and humanity, from the constraints of finite resources, to the activities that drive climate change, to equality for all.
This course is an updated version of Professor Sachs' popular 2015 course of the same name. It includes new perspectives and a reorientation towards Agenda 2030 and the SDGs.
Join us for this introduction to the tenets of sustainable development, developed by experts on the latest in the social, policy and physical sciences.
This course is for:
Anyone new to the concept of sustainable development who wants to understand its foundations and its relevance to their life and work
Graduate students and advanced undergraduate students interested in the key concepts and practices of sustainability and global values
Sustainable development practitioners - as well as private-sector actors, such as those who work in corporate sustainability and responsibility - who want a concise overview of the latest developments in the field
Module 1: What is Sustainable Development?
Intro to Sustainable Development (SD)
Economic Growth & Progress
Business-as-usual vs. SD
From the MDGs to the SDGs: Agenda 2030
Module 2: Economic Development
Incomes Around the World
Income Inequality Woithin Countries
Convergence or Divergence
Module 3: History of Economic Development
Economic Development from 1750
Waves of Tech Change
Diffusion of Economic Growth
Economic Development Since WWII
Module 4: Inequality Between Countries
The Role of Physical Geography: Transport, Energy, Disease, Crops
The Role of Culture: Demography, Education, Gender
Excellent course! The approach taken by Prof. Sachs by taking up topics one by one, starting from scratch and providing a deep knowledge to the subject is truly remarkable. Also, this course contains practical application of knowledge, linking us to the current happenings in the world around us.
Vishal Mishra completed this course, spending 8 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Sustainable Development makes you come across with each minute matters of the world and gives you a clear picture as of what create differences between a developed country and poverty prone country.. Gives you knowledge on how poor countries can develop themselves .. Must watch for everyone
Stephan M Funk
Stephan M Funk is taking this course right now, spending 8 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This is a fantastic course with excellent topics and contents! The best MOOC I ever had! Prof Sachs is marvellous. No video twaddel - content only and that in a very engaging manner!