University of Michigan
Beyond the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Addressing Sustainability and Development
University of Michigan

Beyond the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Addressing Sustainability and Development

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Arun Agrawal
Maria Carmen Lemos
Bilal Butt

Instructors: Arun Agrawal


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9 hours to complete
3 weeks at 3 hours a week
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What you'll learn

  • Understand and explain the world’s most pressing problems (focus: poverty & inequality, ecosystem degradation & biodiversity loss, climate change)

  • Critically analyze the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their relationship to the world’s most pressing problems

  • Use frameworks and evidence necessary to develop solutions and Apply skills learned to implement solutions

  • Assess relevant solutions that would help realize the SDGs and at the same time solve the pressing problems

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There are 5 modules in this course

In this module you can expect to learn about the nuances between the terms 'sustainable development' and 'sustainability' AND 'development', as well as the history and scope of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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5 videos3 readings1 quiz

In this week, you can expect to learn about the different ways in which the climate is changing, and how and why different populations are disproportionately impacted by those changes.

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2 videos2 readings1 quiz1 discussion prompt

In this module you can expect to learn about the historical background on poverty and inequality around the world, different approaches to alleviate poverty and inequality, and opportunities for reducing poverty and inequality in a sustainable manner.

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21 videos4 readings1 quiz1 discussion prompt

In this module, you can expect to learn about why environmental changes happen, what the drivers and impacts of these changes are, and how to share ecosystems between people and wildlife while preventing environmental degradation.

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4 videos1 reading1 quiz1 discussion prompt

In this module, you can expect to learn about sustainability science and how it applies to sustainability and development, transitions in human societies and how those lessons learned apply to sustainability transitions, and how you can improve sustainability solutions for better outcomes.

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9 videos1 reading1 quiz


Instructor ratings
4.6 (177 ratings)
Arun Agrawal
University of Michigan
6 Courses23,022 learners
Maria Carmen Lemos
University of Michigan
3 Courses22,670 learners

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This course is part of the following degree programs offered by University of Michigan. If you are admitted and enroll, your coursework can count toward your degree learning and your progress can transfer with you.

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