Created by:   Columbia University

  • Jeffrey Sachs

    Taught by:    Jeffrey Sachs

    Director, Earth Institute; Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development; Professor of Health Policy and Management

Commitment2 hours of lectures per module
English, Subtitles: Chinese (Simplified)
How To PassPass all graded assignments to complete the course.
User Ratings
4.8 stars
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Ratings and Reviews
Rated 4.8 out of 5 of 886 ratings

This course has been deeply informative. The instructor is outstanding, sharing his deep experience and knowledge of economics, geography, international development, and earth science through the lectures. The time commitment required for this course is minimal considering the immense treasure of learning it represents. My only issues with this course (hence 4 stars instead of 5) are: 1. no one is monitoring the course, so questions/comments are only answered by other students; and 2. there is no certificate. Thank you Coursera and Dr. Sachs for this fantastic course!

a horrible perishing, SD MUST BE ACHIEVED! The knowledge gained out of this course is by far beyond "a mere awareness on SD". The course ought to be part of a curricula and further enriched to yield a degree, thus opening up more perspectives for life and career development. BIEN JOUE, PROFESSOR!

Wonderful content and exposure to world data sources. The only thing that prevents me from giving it 5 stars were some of the errors in quizzes scoring quesitons incorrectly--but overall, this was not a hinderance to learning and getting something out of the class.

Lucid and highly informative. I appreciate the targeted (differential diagnostics) approach to what is far beyond an academic problem. I think the length of the course is appropriate, but I also think its length prevents it from reaching a lot of people. Consider creating a digested version.