Learn the science and policies that drive sustainable development and how leaders can work to achieve UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. 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.
What you'll learn:
- To understand the practice and policy of sustainable pathways to development
- To appreciate some of the scientific underpinnings of sustainable development practice and how policy-makers are trying to apply it for better governance of scarce resources
- To understand how various attributes of sustainability (environmental, economic and social) can be applied by development practitioners and other stakeholders
- To gain scientific knowledge regarding planetary boundaries processes and their influence on international economic development
- To be aware of the current international policy landscape for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
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 Nation’s 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.
Learn why cities are key in resolving global urbanization and sustainability challenges and how you can engineer tomorrow’s cities today. Did you know that cities take up less than 3% of the earth’s land surface, but more than 50% of the world’s population live in them? And, cities generate more than 70% of the global emissions? Large cities and their hinterlands (jointly called metropolitan regions) greatly contribute to global urbanization and sustainability challenges, yet are also key to resolving these same challenges.
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.
L'ambition du cours est de confronter ses participants aux enjeux techniques, économiques, sociaux et environnementaux du XXIe siècle. Ces enjeux sont par nature très fortement couplés et complexes. Ils exigent une approche interdisciplinaire, afin d’adopter un vrai questionnement, au delà des préjugés et des idées reçues.
La vision de la « ville connectée », également qualifiée de « ville numérique » ou encore de « ville intelligente », prévoit que l'ensemble de l'espace urbain sera interconnecté et interagira avec le monde numérique. Ceci ouvre en particulier la voie au développement durable de nos environnements urbains, combiné à une amélioration de la qualité de vie et de la sécurité des citoyens dans le respect de leur vie privée. C'est également l'opportunité de revoir les processus de régulation et de gestion des villes par un engagement accru du citoyen au moyen des réseaux sociaux et des capteurs, physiques ou logiciels, embarqués dans les téléphones intelligents.
Ecosystem services are a way of thinking about – and evaluating – the goods and services provided by nature that contribute to the well-being of humans. This MOOC will cover scientific (technical), economic, and socio-political dimensions of the concept through a mix of theory, case-studies, interviews with specialists and a serious-game.
This course explores the challenges faced by developing country governments wanting to grow their economies in a climate friendly way, and addresses the complexity inherent in lifting societies out of poverty while also mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. Presented by Prof Harald Winkler, director of UCT’s Energy Research Centre and colleagues from the Mitigation Action Plans & Scenarios (MAPS) Programme, the course covers facilitation process techniques, energy modelling, scenario building, innovation and policy. Whether you are a climate change practitioner, work in development or are simply curious about how climate mitigation is understood, this course will give you an insight into the complex process of how countries from the South pursue development goals while addressing climate mitigation.
It is an online course aimed at large-scale participation and open (free) access via the internet.
They are similar to university courses, but do not tend to offer academic credit.
A number of web-based platforms (providers Aka initiatives) supported by top universities and colleges offer MOOCs in a wide range of subjects.
How to Be a Successful MOOC Student - MOOCs – Massive Open Online Courses – enable students around the world to take university courses online. This guide, by the instructors of edX’s most successful MOOC in 2013-2014, Principles of Written English (based on both enrollments and rate of completion), advises current and future students how to get the most out of their online study, covering areas such as what types of courses are offered and who offers them, what resources students need, how to register, how to work effectively with other students, how to interact with professors and staff, and how to handle assignments. This second edition offers a new chapter on how to stay motivated. This book is suitable for both native and non-native speakers of English, and is applicable to MOOC classes on any subject (and indeed, for just about any type of online study).