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Subtitles: English, Chinese (Simplified)
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Learners taking this Course are
  • Chief Financial Officers (CFOs)
  • Economists
  • Process Analysts
  • Social Workers
  • Project Coordinators

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EnergySustainable EnergyUrban PlanningEnvironmental Protection
User
Learners taking this Course are
  • Chief Financial Officers (CFOs)
  • Economists
  • Process Analysts
  • Social Workers
  • Project Coordinators

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Approx. 37 hours to complete

Suggested: 2 hours of lectures per module...

English

Subtitles: English, Chinese (Simplified)

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Course Materials

3 readings
3 readings
Suggested Readings for The Age of Sustainable Development10m
Syllabus10m
Course Overview10m
1 hour to complete

What is Sustainable Development?

5 videos (Total 67 min), 1 quiz
5 videos
Economic Growth and Progress14m
Continuing Poverty14m
Environmental Threats10m
Paths16m
1 practice exercise
QUIZ: What is Sustainable Development?20m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

Inequality Around the World

5 videos (Total 73 min), 1 quiz
5 videos
Urban/Rural Inequality12m
Income Inequality Within Countries13m
Measuring Wellbeing14m
Convergence or Divergence?14m
1 practice exercise
QUIZ: Inequality Around the World20m
Week
3
2 hours to complete

A Short History of Economic Development

5 videos (Total 78 min), 1 quiz
5 videos
The Industrial Revolution Starts in England12m
The Great Waves of Technological Change14m
The Diffusion of Economic Growth16m
Economic Development Since World War II21m
1 practice exercise
QUIZ: A Short History of Economic Development 20m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

The History of Inequality

5 videos (Total 80 min), 1 quiz
5 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
1 practice exercise
QUIZ: The History of Inequality20m
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Top reviews from The Age of Sustainable Development

By LGMay 19th 2017

This course was perfect for those wanting to explore the world of development, broad enough to include all interlinked themes, with sufficient reading materials to spark one's specializing interests.

By KAJul 26th 2017

The course was very interesting and relevant but a lot of data is outdated, some links are not working or have been changed. I would advise to review the course according to the latest developments.

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Jeffrey Sachs

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

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