“The Age of Sustainable Development” gives students an understanding of the key challenges and pathways to sustainable development – that is, economic development that is also socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable.
By joining the global student community that makes up the Age of Sustainable Development, you are also becoming part of a global movement of practitioners committed to achieving sustainable paths to development. The success of the course depends on an active student base representing a diversity of experiences, geographies, and perspectives, so add your voice to the global discussion by registering today.
This course provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of sustainable development, drawing on the most recent developments in the social, policy, and physical sciences. Sustainable development is the most urgent challenge facing humanity. The fundamental question is how the world economy can continue to develop in a way that is socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable. The course describes the complex interactions between the world economy and the Earth’s physical environment. Ecological processes and constraints (climate, disease ecology, physical resources such as soils and energy sources, topography and transport conditions) significantly shape the patterns of economic development, demography, and wealth and poverty. At the same time, human activities (farming, land use, urbanization, demographic change, and energy use) change the physical environments, increasingly in dangerous ways. The course offers a broad overview of the key challenges and potential solutions to achieve sustainable development in the 21st century.
Lecture 1: What is Sustainable Development?
Chapter 1: Introduction to Sustainable development
Chapter 2: Economic growth and progress
Chapter 3: Continuing poverty
Chapter 4: Environmental threats hitting the rich and poor alike
Chapter 5: The business as usual path versus the sustainable development path
Lecture 2: Economic Development – How we measure it, how it varies around the world
Chapter 1: Incomes around the World
Chapter 2: Urban/rural inequality
Chapter 3: Income inequality within countries
Chapter 4: Measuring wellbeing
Chapter 5: Convergence or divergence?
Lecture 3: A Short History of Economic Development
Chapter 1: Economic development is new, starting around 1750
Chapter 2: The industrial revolution starts in England
Chapter 3: The great waves of technological change
Chapter 4: The diffusion of economic growth
Chapter 5: Economic Development Since World War II: The Making of Globalization
Lecture 4: Why Did Some Countries Advance While Others Remained in Poverty?
Chapter 1: The Idea of Clinical Economics
Chapter 2: The role of physical geography: transport, energy, disease, crops
Chapter 3: The role of culture: demography, education, gender
Chapter 4: The role of politics
Chapter 5: Which countries are still stuck in poverty?
Lecture 5: The MDGs and the End of Extreme Poverty
Chapter 1: The Reasons to Believe that Extreme Poverty Can Be Ended
Chapter 2: A Strategy to End Extreme Poverty in Africa
Chapter 3: South Asia: The Continuing Challenge of the Food Supply
Chapter 4: A Closer Look at Official Development Assistance
Chapter 5: Designing Practical Interventions: The Case of Millennium Villages
Lecture 6: Growth within Planetary Boundaries
Chapter 1: The Planetary Boundaries
Chapter 2: Growth Dynamics
Chapter 3: Growth and Planetary Boundaries: The Case of Energy
Chapter 4: Growth and Planetary Boundaries: The Case of Food
Chapter 5: Growth and Planetary Boundaries: The Case of Population
Lecture 7: Human Rights and Gender Equality
Chapter 1: The Ethics of Wealth, Poverty, and Inequality
Chapter 2: Major UN Covenants and Declarations
Chapter 3: Divided societies
Chapter 4: Forces of Widening Inequalities
Chapter 5: Gender Inequality and Solutions
Lecture 8: Education
Chapter 1: Life-cycle approach to human development
Chapter 2: Early Childhood Development
Chapter 3: The rising returns to education and the supply response
Chapter 4: Social mobility
Chapter 5: The role of higher education in sustainable development
Lecture 9: Universal Health Coverage
Chapter 1: The human right to health
Chapter 2: Poverty and disease
Chapter 3: Designing and Financing a Primary Health System in Low-Income Settings
Chapter 4: Ten Recommended Steps to Health for All in the Poorest Countries
Chapter 5: The Challenges of Health Coverage in High-Income Countries
Lecture 10: Sustainable Food Supply and the End of Hunger
Chapter 1: Malnutrition
Chapter 2: Farm systems, ecology, and food security
Chapter 3: How environmental change threatens the food system
Chapter 4: How the food system threatens the environment
Chapter 5: Towards a sustainable global food supply
Lecture 11: Sustainable Cities
Chapter 1: The patterns of urbanization around the world
Chapter 2: What makes a city sustainable?
Chapter 3: Smart Infrastructure
Chapter 4: Urban Resilience
Chapter 5: Planning for Sustainable Development
Lecture 12: Curbing Climate Change
Chapter 1: The basic science of climate change
Chapter 2: Consequences
Chapter 3: Mitigation
Chapter 4: Mitigation Policies
Chapter 5: Policies and Global Cooperation for Climate Change
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.
Vishalcompleted 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