Sustainable Development: The Post-Capitalist Order (edX)

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Sustainable Development: The Post-Capitalist Order (edX)
Sustainable development represents a shift from our current system of inequitable capitalism to one that prioritizes prosperity for all, while remaining conscious of its environmental impact and sustainability for future generations. Learn why sustainable development has been adopted by countries and multilateral organizations around the world, and how this approach is transforming the way we live, work, and govern our planet.

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Our present system of global capitalism is flawed. While it has produced immense wealth and economic growth in nearly all regions of the world, it has also prioritized profits over people and harmful consumption practices over the needs of our planet. Sustainable development must bring about a new world order to replace the vices of global capitalism, ensuring development, human wellbeing, and environmental security. This course presents Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals as the necessary successor to laissez faire-style capitalism, and emphasizes the urgency of embracing sustainable development objectives to transform our economy into a more reactive, efficient, inclusive, and environmentally-conscious system.




This 8-week massive open online course (MOOC) provides an in-depth look at the shortcomings of our current and past global economies, and shows why and how sustainable development has become the universally-prioritized agenda for the future of our world. The topics covered range from market economics to education, gender equality, international trade, financing, and more.

This course is for:

- Policy professionals who want to understand frameworks for SDG planning

- Development practitioners seeking information on goals-based development

- Advanced undergraduates and graduate students interested in economics, development, and other key concepts related to the SDGs


What you'll learn

- The benefits and pitfalls of global capitalism

- The history of economic growth, expansion of industries, and globalization

- The challenges of growth on a finite planet

- The main objectives of sustainable development and how they account for the shortcomings of the present capitalist system

- The world’s progress towards sustainable development and the road map forward


Course Syllabus


Module 1: What is Sustainable Development

Chapter 1: What is Sustainable Development?

Chapter 2: Why Sustainable Development is Important: Happiness & Wellbeing

Chapter 3: Global Capitalism is a Faustian Bargain: Greed in return for prosperity

Chapter 4: We are Not Achieving Sustainable Development

Chapter 5: Using Sustainable Development as Our Global Framework


Module 2: What Do Global Markets Do?

Chapter 1: The Traditional Economy

Chapter 2: The Market Economy: Specialization, Division of Labor, Entrepreneurship

Chapter 3: Production Possibility Frontier

Chapter 4: Fair or Unfair: Intragenerational and Intergenerational

Chapter 5: The Malthusian Specter


Module 3: A Brief History of our Faustian Bargain

Chapter 1: Traditional empires

Chapter 2: The Age of Discovery

Chapter 3: The Industrial Revolution: Population and Production

Chapter 4: The American Century

Chapter 5: The Age of Convergence


Module 4: Capitalism and Injustice

Chapter 1: Power (Colonialism and Slavery, Discrimination, Indigenous Rights)

Chapter 2: Gender

Chapter 3: Class and Inter-Generational Privileges

Chapter 4: Skills and Jobs

Chapter 5: The Social Democratic Idea


Module 5: The SDGs: Leaving No One Behind

Chapter 1: Ending Poverty: Skills, Infrastructure, Inclusion, Redistribution

Chapter 2: Universal Access to Education

Chapter 3: Universal Access to Health Care

Chapter 4: Universal Access to Infrastructure

Chapter 5: Innovation Economy


Module 6: The Tragedy of The Commons

Chapter 1: Growth on a Finite Planet: Is it Inherently Impossible?

Chapter 2: The Three Big Challenges: Climate Change, Biodiversity, Pollution

Chapter 3: The Three Big Transformations: Clean Energy and Industry, Land Use, Smart Cities

Chapter 4: Overcoming Obstacles: Technology, Vested Interests, Corruption, Foresight

Chapter 5: Malthus Revisited


Module 7: From Capitalism to Sustainable Development

Chapter 1: Six Sources of Wellbeing

Chapter 2: Public Provision of Human Needs

Chapter 3: Taming Corporate Greed

Chapter 4: Limiting Monopoly Power

Chapter 5: Subsidiarity

Chapter 6: Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship


Module 8: Achieving Sustainable Development

Chapter 1: The Two SDGs: Sustainable Development Goals and Social Democratic Governance

Chapter 2: Using Goals to Motivate Social Change

Chapter 3: Regional and Global Cooperation for Sustainable Development

Chapter 4: Engaging All Stakeholders

Chapter 5: Financing Sustainable Development

Chapter 6: The Ethics of Sustainable Development



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