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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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By Lucas M O

Jul 13, 2020

A comprehensive overview on Sustainability matters, yet a little out-of-date

By Abdelaziz M A K

Feb 26, 2016

It is a very good course,It gives you an abstract about the life around you.

By Seet C N

Jun 15, 2020

Insightful course. Provided me with a very good idea on sustainable future.

By Kregg D

May 18, 2020

A very good class but updates are needed to reflect more current conditions

By Tyler W

Mar 29, 2021

Great course but it was recorded in 2012 so the data is slightly outdated

By Aminah S

Aug 5, 2017

enjoyed this course very much and learned a lot from it. Thanks Coursera!

By Hassan S

Dec 1, 2016

A great course to know some sustainability basics. Learned a lot from it.

By Patrizia L

Jan 20, 2021

Very interesting although it should be updated to the current year 2021.

By May T K

Aug 1, 2020

It's really a great course. It opened my eyes and enhanced my knowledge.

By Rebecca L H T

Jul 20, 2020

Very Insightful perspective of the world on common environmental topics.

By Derrick N

May 12, 2021

Excellent overview and starting point on the Subject of Sustainability

By Prince C A E

Jun 29, 2020

The course is very educative and enlightens us about things around us.

By Derek Q

Aug 21, 2020

Good general introduction and overview on sustainability issues.

By Amanda A

Jul 1, 2020

The information given is good, but it could be made more recent.


Apr 10, 2020

I hope the course i completed will benifit me in my career

By Smita B

Apr 30, 2020

The material is a little outdated, hope it is updated .


Aug 29, 2015

Good course material. I am learning lot of new things.

By Erin M

Jan 16, 2016

Great, informative class but way too many quizzes.

By Eneko X E U

Jun 14, 2020

An excellent, although slightly outdated, course!

By Barbara C

Mar 19, 2020

Very interesting course; extremely eye-opening. I

By Luza Z

Aug 7, 2017

nice course. interesting themes to sustainability

By Adi S

Jan 10, 2021

Excellent Course, really informative and useful

By Nagendra S R

Jun 20, 2020

Very informational and thought-provoking course

By Tirtha B

Jun 14, 2020

One must attempt this course. Very well taught.


Aug 16, 2020

very informative course. Its worth the time.