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Subtitles: English, Korean
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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 20 hours to complete

Suggested: 3 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Korean

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

In this first module, you will be introduced to the overall concept and elements of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has been an integral part of the global development agenda. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) embraced the nature and characteristics of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) but produced a more comprehensive goal for all. We will breakdown the five key elements: People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership. We will also examine each of the 17 Goals of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. ...
Reading
10 videos (Total 70 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
Video10 videos
Introduction3m
What is the 2030 Development Agenda?7m
From MDGs to SDGs8m
Who decided on the SDGs?6m
Behind-the-Scenes Negotiations7m
What are the 17 SDGs?9m
Key Characteristics of the SDGs9m
How to remember the SDGs: The 5 Ps9m
Summary1m
Reading6 readings
Lesson Overview2m
Guest Lecturer5m
Lesson Overview2m
Lesson Overview2m
Lesson Overview2m
Recommended Reading Materials10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 1 Quiz20m
Week
2
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

People

Within the SDGs, ending poverty remains a central objective of international development efforts. In Week 2, we will be looking at the concepts of poverty. The aim of this week is to examine different approaches to defining and measuring poverty and inequality and to understand the impact of global distribution of poverty. The causes and impacts of poverty such as unequal distribution of resources and power will also be discussed. Later, we will be looking at how the interrelationship between poverty and other issues, such as global health systems, hunger, gender equality and education will have an impact on the level of poverty. Furthermore, we will look into a specific case study of Bahrain’s health care reform. ...
Reading
13 videos (Total 74 min), 8 readings, 1 quiz
Video13 videos
What is Poverty? Part I6m
What is Poverty? Part II5m
Is Poverty Increasing or Decreasing?4m
Extreme Poverty2m
Interconnected Nature of Poverty6m
Call to Action: Eradicating Extreme Poverty3m
Poverty & Education Part I5m
Poverty & Education Part II7m
Poverty & Gender Equality8m
Case Study: Reforming Health Care in Bahrain Part I7m
Case Study: Reforming Health Care in Bahrain Part II9m
Summary3m
Reading8 readings
Lesson Overview2m
Guest Lecturers5m
Lesson Overview2m
Lesson Overview2m
Lesson Overview2m
Lesson Overview2m
Lesson Overview2m
Recommended Reading Materials10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 2 Quiz22m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Planet

In Week 3, we will have a more detailed look at the scientific evidence that human activities are influencing the Earth at the planetary level. You will be introduced to the concepts of Anthropocene and Planetary Boundaries. The biosphere (all living organisms or “biodiversity”) is arguably just as – or more – important than climate for establishing the environmental conditions we enjoy on Earth, but receives much less attention. Furthermore, we will be examining the mitigation and adaptive options, on the local and global scales, in response to reduced environmental sustainability. Additionally, we will look at the international agreements for climate change and how they seek to meet the goals of the SDGs. Using current global environmental challenges, we will discuss ways in which communities and societies have utilized indigenous knowledge, scientific evaluations, technological innovations, societal regulations and laws, environmental monitoring, and policy prescriptions in environmental management at various scales. ...
Reading
10 videos (Total 62 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
Video10 videos
Recycling is not an option, but a must!5m
Biodiversity6m
Ecosystem Services and Commoner's Laws of Ecology5m
Climate Change and its Global Effects7m
Climate Change and the Paris Agreement Part I9m
Climate Change and the Paris Agreement Part II7m
Climate Change: Mitigation8m
Climate Change: Adaptation8m
Summary2m
Reading7 readings
Lesson Overview2m
Guest Lecturers5m
Lesson Overview2m
Lesson Overview2m
Lesson Overview2m
Lesson Overview2m
Recommended Reading Materials10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 3 Quiz22m
Week
4
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

Prosperity

Where the last module focused on the activities within the 2030 Agenda to tackle the problems related to the Planet, this week will focus on the prosperity element of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Economic development is a key component in any development agenda. You will be analyzing the past trends of economic and political development and will be introduced to examples of how to achieve sustainable economic development. We will touch upon concepts of sustainable economic trends such as social innovation and green jobs, buildings and energy sources. ...
Reading
8 videos (Total 47 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
Green Jobs5m
Green Buildings8m
Green Energy8m
Social Innovation and the SDG 2030 Agenda5m
Social Innovation and Sustainable Development5m
Social Innovation and Collective Impact5m
Summary3m
Reading5 readings
Lesson Overview2m
Guest Lecturers5m
Lesson Overview2m
Lesson Overview2m
Recommended Reading Materials10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 4 Quiz34m

Instructor

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Ban Ki-moon

Distinguished Chair Professor
Institute for Global Engagement and Empowerment

About Yonsei University

Yonsei University was established in 1885 and is the oldest private university in Korea. Yonsei’s main campus is situated minutes away from the economic, political, and cultural centers of Seoul’s metropolitan downtown. Yonsei has 3,500 eminent faculty members who are conducting cutting-edge research across all academic disciplines. There are 18 graduate schools, 22 colleges and 133 subsidiary institutions hosting a selective pool of students from around the world. Yonsei is proud of its history and reputation as a leading institution of higher education and research in Asia....

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