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The Science and Practice of Sustainable Development

University of Queensland via edX

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This course is part of the Leadership in Global Development MicroMasters program. In order to get the most out of this course, we recommend that you have experience working in the development sector or a strong interest in this area. We also recommend that you complete the other three courses that make up the Leadership in Global Development MicroMasters program: Leaders in Global Development, Adaptive Leadership in Development, and Critical Development Perspectives.

This course introduces the origin and key concepts of sustainability and how to apply those to sustainable development practice.

Sustainable development will be explored through theories and case studies from a range of Disciplines. You also will learn about planetary boundaries, urbanisation and growing inequality, to show how integral sustainable development is to our everyday existence.

This course will attempt to provide key content knowledge to bridge the science and the practice of the application and enhancement of sustainable development. The course draws on contemporary examples from both The University of Queensland (UQ) and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) to address the world’s most urgent challenges, with emphasis on the linkages between science and policy.


Module 1: What is Sustainable Development?
Introduction to key concepts and challenges to sustainable development.

Module 2: Drivers of Inequality
Why do some countries advance while others stay poor?

Module 3: Ending Extreme Poverty
Considers strategies for addressing extreme poverty and the impact of the Millennium Development Goals.

Module 4: Growth within Planetary Boundaries
How can we ensure we grow sustainably and remain within the planetary boundaries?

Module 5: Sustainable Development Goals
The future of sustainable development requires a global approach. Considers the strengths and weaknesses of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Module 6: Human Rights and Gender Equality
Introduction to the challenges around equality, equity and fairness to all.

Module 7: Education and Sustainable Development
Introduction to a life-cycle approach to development, and the role of education in sustainable development.

Module 8: Environmental and Human Health
Exploration of how primary health care systems are linked to poverty, and the interaction between the environment and human health.

Module 9: Sustainable Food Supply
Discusses food and water security, and how we can work towards a sustainable global food supply.

Module 10: Sustainable Cities
What makes a city sustainable? Introduction to the influence of increasing urbanization.

Module 11: Curbing Climate Change
Introduction to the science of climate change and how we can mitigate its effects.

Module 12: Saving Biodiversity
Exploration of the threats to biodiversity, from oceans to forests, and the need for international cooperation.

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