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Age of Sustainable Development

SDG Academy via edX

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Overview

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

Syllabus

Module 1: What is Sustainable Development?
  • Intro to Sustainable Development (SD)
  • Economic Growth & Progress
  • Continuing Poverty
  • Environmental Threats
  • Business-as-usual vs. SD
  • From the MDGs to the SDGs: Agenda 2030
Module 2: Economic Development
  • Incomes Around the World
  • Urban/Rural Inequality
  • Income Inequality Woithin Countries
  • Measuring Wellbeing
  • Convergence or Divergence
Module 3: History of Economic Development
  • Economic Development from 1750
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Waves of Tech Change
  • Diffusion of Economic Growth
  • Economic Development Since WWII
Module 4: Inequality Between Countries
  • Clinical Economics
  • The Role of Physical Geography: Transport, Energy, Disease, Crops
  • The Role of Culture: Demography, Education, Gender
  • The Role of Politics
  • Countries Stuck in Poverty
Module 5: MDGs: End of Extreme Poverty
  • Extreme Poverty Can End
  • Ending Extreme Poverty in Africa
  • Food Supply in South Asia
  • Official Development Assistance
  • Designing Practical Interventions: Millennium Villages Projects
Module 6: Growth Within Planetary Boundaries
  • The Origins of the Boundary Concept: Thomas Malthus
  • Neo-Malthusian Frameworks: Growth Dynamics
  • The 9 Planetary Boundaries
  • Living Within Limits: Energy, Agriculture and Industry
Module 7: Human Rights, Gender Equality
  • Ethics: Wealth, Poverty, Inequality
  • UN Declarations
  • Divided Societies
  • Forces of Widening Inequalities
  • Gender Inequality & Solutions
Module 8: Education
  • Human Development: Life-Cycle Approach
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Education & the Supply Response
  • Social Mobility
  • The Role of Higher Ed
Module 9: Universal Health Coverage
  • Human Right to Health
  • Poverty & Disease
  • Designing a Health System in Low-Income Countries
  • Healthcare for All
  • Health Coverage in High-Income Countries

Module 10: Sustainable Food Supply: the End of Hunger
  • Malnutrition
  • Farm Systems, Ecology, Food Security
  • How Environmental Change Threatens the Food System
  • How the Food System Threatens the Environment
  • A Sustainable Global Food Supply
Module 11: Sustainable Cities
  • Patterns of Urbanization
  • What Makes a City Sustainable?
  • Smart Infrastructure
  • Urban Resilience
  • Planning for SD
Module 12: Curbing Climate Change
  • Science of Climate Change
  • Consequences
  • Mitigation
  • Adaptation
  • Global Cooperation
Module 13: Saving Biodiversity
  • What is Biodiversity?
  • Biodiversity Under Threat
  • Oceans & Fisheries
  • Deforestation
  • International Dynamics
Module 14: The Sustainable Development Goals
  • The Sustainable Development Goals
  • Goal-based Development
  • Financing for Sustainable Development
  • Principles of Good Governance
  • Is Sustainable Development Feasible?

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Ruchika C
5.0 4 years ago
by Ruchika completed this course.
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.
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Sakshi S
5.0 4 years ago
by Sakshi completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
A great course with excellent topics and contents. helps to understand the pressing need for "sustainability" for future. Must learn!
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Vishal M
5.0 4 years ago
by Vishal 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
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Stephan F
5.0 4 years ago
Stephan 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!
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Dhananjay C
4.0 4 years ago
by Dhananjay completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Fantastic Course! The Instructor, Course Content, Provider, Service etc. everything is just great. It is truly beneficial in all aspects.
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