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Deakin University

Introduction to Sustainability and Development

Deakin University via FutureLearn


Explore the relationship between humans and the environment

This online course explores why and how human activity impacts negatively on the environment, why this is important, and what we are trying to do about it.

  • What is sustainability and what is development?
  • What impact has human activity had on the environment?
  • What actions have we taken so far for sustainable development?
  • What actions may we need to take for a sustainable future?

This course is designed for those who have an interest in our planet and a sustainable future.


  • What's the story with development and sustainability?
    • Let's get started
    • Development versus sustainability: an introduction
    • Challenges of sustainable development
    • Setting goals
    • Weekly wrap
  • Where have we been and where are we going?
    • How did we get here?
    • Visions for the future
    • Back to the present
    • Course wrap

Taught by

Max Kelly


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4.7 rating at FutureLearn based on 291 ratings

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  • Millie B.
    This was a very compact course. It was just two weeks long, but with a huge level of information (I actually think the length could have been doubled with no loss of structure). It was fascinating, informative and well-worth taking if you’re interested in the future of mankind!

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