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What you will 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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Approx. 9 hours to complete
Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course


Week 1

2 hours to complete

Introductions to the Course

2 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 51 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
Why Sustainability AND Development?3m
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in this Course4m
Background and Scope for Achieving the SDGs34m
Created in the time of COVID-191m
3 readings
Recommended resources from Achieving the SDGs lecture15m
Course Syllabus2m
Help us learn more about you!10m
1 practice exercise
Week 1: Introductions15m

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Climate Change

2 hours to complete
2 videos (Total 33 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
2 videos
Climate Vulnerability & Adaptive Capacity in NE Brazil14m
2 readings
Introduction to Michigan Sustainability Cases and Gala Platform10m
Case: Climate and Development10m
1 practice exercise
Week 2: Climate Change15m

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Poverty and Inequality

3 hours to complete
21 videos (Total 100 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
21 videos
Definitions of Poverty4m
Introduction to 'What is Poverty?' and 'How is Poverty Measured?'36s
Measures of Poverty11m
Introduction to 'Hans Rosling's 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes'23s
Capacity to Reduce Poverty2m
Causes and Effects of Poverty and Inequality3m
Mechanisms to Address Poverty and Inequality2m
Attempts to Address Poverty and Inequality 4m
Social Assistance Programs7m
Effectiveness of Social Assistance Programs in Poverty Reduction4m
Income Generation Programs3m
Logic of Income Generation Programs: Graduation Programs8m
Different Forms of Capitals1m
Unemployment Benefit Programs5m
Drivers of Unemployment Benefits3m
Ecotourism and Payment for Ecosystem Services6m
Payments for Ecosystem Services: Continued5m
Examples of Payment for Ecosystem Services5m
Comparing Environment Vs. Economic Programs for Effects on Poverty6m
Future Trends that will Influence Poverty and Inequality7m
5 readings
'What is Poverty?' and 'How is Poverty Measured?'10m
'The Poverty Trap'10m
'Hans Rosling's 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes' 10m
'Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES)'10m
Case: Poverty, Environment, and Inequality10m
1 practice exercise
Week 3: Poverty and Inequality15m

Week 4

2 hours to complete

Biodiversity Loss and Ecosystem Degradation

2 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 46 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
4 videos
What is driving change and what are the impacts?25m
What can we do to ameliorate these changes?8m
Opportunities to dive deeper and learn more2m
1 reading
Case: Biodiversity Loss and Ecosystem Degradation10m
1 practice exercise
Week 4: Biodiversity Loss and Ecosystem Degradation15m



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