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Approx. 37 hours to complete

Suggested: 2 hours of lectures per module...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Chinese (Simplified)...

Skills you will gain

EnergySustainable EnergyUrban PlanningEnvironmental Protection
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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

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Hours to complete

Approx. 37 hours to complete

Suggested: 2 hours of lectures per module...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Chinese (Simplified)...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

Course Materials

Information about the general course structure and reading list can be found here....
Reading
3 readings
Reading3 readings
Suggested Readings for The Age of Sustainable Development10m
Syllabus10m
Course Overview10m
Hours to complete
1 hour to complete

What is Sustainable Development?

Professor Sachs provides an overview of the challenges the world faces, and introduces the topic of sustainable development....
Reading
5 videos (Total 67 min), 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Economic Growth and Progress14m
Continuing Poverty14m
Environmental Threats10m
Paths16m
Quiz1 practice exercise
QUIZ: What is Sustainable Development?20m
Week
2
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Inequality Around the World

Professor Sachs delves into the reasons for and the measurements of inequality between and within countries....
Reading
5 videos (Total 73 min), 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Urban/Rural Inequality12m
Income Inequality Within Countries13m
Measuring Wellbeing14m
Convergence or Divergence?14m
Quiz1 practice exercise
QUIZ: Inequality Around the World20m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

A Short History of Economic Development

Professor Sachs provides a history of economic development, starting with the Industrial Revolution and ending with the current state of modern economic growth....
Reading
5 videos (Total 78 min), 1 quiz
Video5 videos
The Industrial Revolution Starts in England12m
The Great Waves of Technological Change14m
The Diffusion of Economic Growth16m
Economic Development Since World War II21m
Quiz1 practice exercise
QUIZ: A Short History of Economic Development 20m
Week
4
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

The History of Inequality

Professor Sachs analyzes the intersecting roles of various factors that contribute to some countries advancing while others do not....
Reading
5 videos (Total 80 min), 1 quiz
Video5 videos
The Role of Physical Geography: Transport, Energy, Disease, and Crops17m
The Role of Culture: Demography, Education, Gender 17m
The Role of Politics 15m
Which Countries are Still Stuck in Poverty?15m
Quiz1 practice exercise
QUIZ: The History of Inequality20m

Instructor

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Jeffrey Sachs

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

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