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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.

Nov 28, 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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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 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!

By Naufal A

May 19, 2020

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

By Srividya R

May 4, 2020

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

By Olga M

May 5, 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 Furrukh K

Sep 13, 2020

well developed course, enhances trainee skills ... simply amazing

By Kathy W

Aug 21, 2020

Enlighting, a good option for those interested in Sustainability.

By Nedelia F

Feb 21, 2021

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

By Bimal Y C

Jun 5, 2020

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