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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 19, 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.


Nov 29, 2015

This was my first Coursera course, and I wasn't sure what to expect; but was very pleased with the organization, timescale things were run on, and overall neutrality of the course. Very well done!

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By Gokul P

Jul 24, 2020

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

By Yoshida M

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 08, 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 Fabian S

Jul 07, 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 09, 2016

Creo que es un herramienta sumamente valiosa para cualquier individuo


Jun 23, 2016

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

By Naufal A

May 19, 2020

I am very happy with this achievement and I will continue to study.

By Srividya R

May 05, 2020

The course was very informative and intensive! Absolutely loved it!

By Olga M

May 05, 2020

Great course! The information I learned there is really priceless!

By Jason H

Sep 28, 2015

Excellent course and material. Really enjoyed this one. Thank you.

By Bimal Y C

Jun 05, 2020

I found this course as an excellent introduction to the subject.

By Nedelia F

Nov 21, 2015

Great course! Perfect overview of sustainability's key elements.

By Ediron W

Nov 08, 2015

excelente.... really really good I saw all videos in one night.


May 16, 2020

Very informative course,compels you to think about the future.

By Cuauhtémoc O C

Jun 15, 2017

Muy profundamente se aborda la sostenibilidad. Muy recomendado

By Jack G

Dec 31, 2015

Excellent introduction to the basic concepts of sustainability

By Disha M D

Jul 24, 2019

A really good course with amazing and apt knowledge provided!

By Mustafa Ö

Apr 20, 2016

It is a very clear picture of a global issue, sustainability.

By Lauren

May 25, 2020

I enjoyed this course a lot. Very informative and important.

By Anne-Laure M

Mar 25, 2019

Awsome, interesting, well structured. I strongly recommend.

By Marcos D P R

Jun 12, 2020

This course offers an excellent overview about the subject.