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About the Course

This course introduces the academic approach of Sustainability and explores how today’s human societies can endure in the face of global change, ecosystem degradation and resource limitations. The course focuses on key knowledge areas of sustainability theory and practice, including population, ecosystems, global change, energy, agriculture, water, environmental economics and policy, ethics, and cultural history. This subject is of vital importance, seeking as it does to uncover the principles of the long-term welfare of all the peoples of the planet. As sustainability is a cross-disciplinary field of study, this foundation requires intellectual breadth: as I describe it in the class text, understanding our motivations requires the humanities, measuring the challenges of sustainability requires knowledge of the sciences (both natural and social), and building solutions requires technical insight into systems (such as provided by engineering, planning, and management)....

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Dec 18, 2016

It is a well prepared course. Contents are carefully organized and plenty of concepts and examples are included and analyzed. Overall, it is a excellent course to get an overview of sustainability.

Sep 23, 2020

This course helps me to learn many things about sustainability. By this course, I am more interested in sustainable developments. I expect to learn more about this provided by Dr Johnathan Tomkin.

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By Yogi H C

Jan 26, 2021

Great course! Literally change my perspective about world sustainability issues.

By Kilian G

May 23, 2020

Its just an introduction and not to deep into the topics. Very well illustrated!

By Gonzalo G G

Mar 13, 2016

Great content! Very interesting course and well explained and organized. thanks!

By Matthew N

Jan 4, 2021

A solid introduction into Sustainability and the Environment, very informative

By Roberto G B

Oct 30, 2017

very broad, but focus on important subjects as sustainability is a vast theme

By Prabhkaran S

Aug 3, 2020

Great course to learn and understand the key concepts behind sustainability.

By Nicole L

Apr 4, 2016

I learned more than I had hoped for. Thank you so much Dr. Jonathan Tomkin.


Jun 1, 2020

Brilliant course with great standards and thanks to sir Dr. Jonathan Tomkin

By Santiago A

Apr 10, 2018

Very complete information about past, present and future of sustainability.

By Md S A

Sep 17, 2017

The course materials were very good. Overall, I really enjoyed this course.

By Emma B

Mar 13, 2021

Great course. Serves as a good introduction to many interesting concepts.

By Joshua A

Jul 11, 2020

Nicely arranged course...perfect for a budding environmentalist like me.

By Gokul P

Jul 24, 2020

Extremely lengthy but a well thought out course and loved it completely

By Yoshida N

Jul 15, 2018

It gave me a good overview of sustainability, key terms and the future.

By Melissa S

Jun 15, 2020

Very interesting and nice presentation from more than one perspective.

By Johannes G A B

Apr 8, 2020

Very good introductory course with an appropriate level of difficulty.

By Alba C

Nov 12, 2019

Great. Simply, a course that everyone has to do. Simple and necessary.

By Enggar H N

Aug 11, 2021

The course helps me a lot to me get overview on sustainability issue.

By Fabian S

Jul 7, 2020

Very interesting course, which enhanced my knowledge about the topic.

By Ritu S

Jun 19, 2020

Excellent course. Jonathon Tompkin is a great instructor I ever seen.

By Beatrice B

Jul 22, 2019

Very precise, detailed course on top of being incredibly interesting!

By Cecilia G

Oct 8, 2016

Creo que es un herramienta sumamente valiosa para cualquier individuo

By Tan J W G

Sep 15, 2020

Excellent starter course about energy sustainability for the future!


Jun 22, 2016

A brillian insight to sustainability and all the elements around it.

By Francisco A

Sep 12, 2020

Great course very insightful and well created. Thank you very much!