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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 Kamal H

Jul 03, 2019

I liked this course especially the way how they teach key points, Thank you Coursera

By Ye P O

Sep 15, 2020

Very much helpful to those who want to start learning about Sustainability concept.

By Jenny B

Jan 06, 2020

Answered a lot of my questions and taught me about how life works. Really loved it.

By Miguel R

Jan 17, 2017

A very interesting and complete MOOC regarding Sustainability, should be mandatory!

By Ivan C R S

Jul 25, 2020

It´s a great course, I learned a lot about how and why take care of my environment

By Muhammad M E S

May 02, 2020

It is a great course though I think it would need to be revisited for 2020 updates

By Shahed M

May 30, 2020

Sad, the course end too fast, enjoyed the journy throughout the course very much.

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 Roberto G B

Oct 30, 2017

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

By Prabhkaran S

Aug 03, 2020

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

By Nicole L

Apr 04, 2016

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


Jun 01, 2020

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

By Santiago A V

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 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 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