Our present system of global capitalism is flawed. While it has produced immense wealth and economic growth in nearly all regions of the world, it has also prioritized profits over people and harmful consumption practices over the needs of our planet. Sustainable development must bring about a new world order to replace the vices of global capitalism, ensuring development, human wellbeing, and environmental security. This course presents Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals as the necessary successor to laissez faire-style capitalism, and emphasizes the urgency of embracing sustainable development objectives to transform our economy into a more reactive, efficient, inclusive, and environmentally-conscious system.
This 8-week massive open online course (MOOC) provides an in-depth look at the shortcomings of our current and past global economies, and shows why and how sustainable development has become the universally-prioritized agenda for the future of our world. The topics covered range from market economics to education, gender equality, international trade, financing, and more.
This course is for:
Policy professionals who want to understand frameworks for SDG planning
Development practitioners seeking information on goals-based development
Advanced undergraduates and graduate students interested in economics, development, and other key concepts related to the SDGs
Module 1: What is Sustainable Development
Chapter 1: What is Sustainable Development?
Chapter 2: Why Sustainable Development is Important: Happiness & Wellbeing
Chapter 3: Global Capitalism is a Faustian Bargain: Greed in return for prosperity
Chapter 4: We are Not Achieving Sustainable Development
Chapter 5: Using Sustainable Development as Our Global Framework
Module 2: What Do Global Markets Do?
Chapter 1: The Traditional Economy
Chapter 2: The Market Economy: Specialization, Division of Labor, Entrepreneurship
Chapter 3: Production Possibility Frontier
Chapter 4: Fair or Unfair: Intragenerational and Intergenerational
Chapter 5: The Malthusian Specter
Module 3: A Brief History of our Faustian Bargain
Chapter 1: Traditional empires
Chapter 2: The Age of Discovery
Chapter 3: The Industrial Revolution: Population and Production
Chapter 4: The American Century
Chapter 5: The Age of Convergence
Module 4: Capitalism and Injustice
Chapter 1: Power (Colonialism and Slavery, Discrimination, Indigenous Rights)
Chapter 2: Gender
Chapter 3: Class and Inter-Generational Privileges