Course Code: ASD
Term: On Demand
Start Date: Aug 10 2015
End Date: Aug 31 2018
Enroll by: Aug 12 2018
Duration: 160 weeks
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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.
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 offered on demand, which means that the content is available in its entirety once you enroll. This course instance will close on 31 August, 2018 so be sure to complete the course by then!
The discussion forums will not be monitored by course staff, though we encourage students to share their experiences, questions, and resources with one another using these forums.
The course is structured around a series of pre-recorded lectures, readings, quizzes, and other activities. Each of these course components can be completed at a time that is convenient for the student. There are no written assignments for this course. As always, the course is offered completely free of charge.
All students who successfully complete the course will receive a digital certificate of proficiency, signed by the instructors. In order to successfully complete the course, students must score an average of 70% or higher on the quizzes and final, all of which are multiple choice. Students that score 85% or higher will receive certificates of proficiency with distinction.
While this course is not credit granting, we encourage students to work with their own institutions to explore the option of granting credit for online coursework.
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Lecture 1: What is Sustainable Development?
Lecture 2: Economic Development – How we measure it, how it varies around the world
Lecture 3: A Short History of Economic Development
Lecture 4: Why Did Some Countries Advance While Others Remained in Poverty?
Lecture 5: The MDGs and the End of Extreme Poverty
Lecture 6: Growth within Planetary Boundaries
Lecture 7: Human Rights and Gender Equality
Lecture 8: Education
Lecture 9: Universal Health Coverage
Lecture 10: Sustainable Food Supply and the End of Hunger
Lecture 11: Sustainable Cities
Lecture 12: Curbing Climate Change
Lecture 13: Saving Biodiversity
Lecture 14: The Sustainable Development Goals
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The Age of Sustainable Development