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The Age of Sustainable Development" gives students an understanding of the key challenges and pathways to sustainable development - that is, economic development that is also socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable....

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AA

Jun 02, 2020

Very informative and detailed. Prof. Sachs covers all aspects of sustainable development in detail. Though the course was designed in 2013 hence does not cover the latest development to SDGs to date.

LG

May 19, 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.

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By mahmoud

Dec 30, 2016

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By Jaime R

Nov 16, 2016

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By Melanie J

Nov 01, 2016

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By Anne F

Feb 25, 2016

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By Lisa O

Jul 27, 2019

This course has very valuable information and I learned a lot! However, it is beginning to be slightly outdated (5-6 years old): many of the links are broken in quizzes, and the content he talks about has changed in reality (SDGs were finalized after this course was created). I did not find the quizzes to be reflective of content from the videos, and often had you navigate to third party sites (assuming the link worked at all). The videos are also somewhat dry and topics repetitive. That said, I really enjoyed learning about the interconnectedness of environmental issues with social and political ones, and would still recommend this course to anyone looking to get a foundation in sustainable development.

By Vincent G

Oct 30, 2015

Very good course, I enjoyed it very much and appreciated the educated and polite style of Prof. Jeffrey Sachs. I would have appreciated a copy of the figures and grafique shown. The course release in 2012 would need to be updated. The Quizz need a real involvement of the student to be completed; challenging but I personnaly appreaciated very much. The Quizz would need some profound revision since some links are not available anymore and some answer are simply wrong. A Statement from the Columbia University / Prof. J. Sachs would have been welcome since completing the 14 week course imply a real involvement from the student. Overall very appreciated course, Thank Prof. Sachs!

By Maria J D F d V B

Jun 18, 2020

This is a great course, super cativating and insightful, and deeply inspiring in these times we're living. However, it really needs updating by Coursera: the reading list provided has very interesting titles but many unavailable, and most quizzes have obsolete links in some question, making it very frustrating to try and guess the right answer or ask for help from the mentors (who are super helpful btw). Also, it appears that this is not a new problem, so please fix it. There are another course platforms with this course updated.

By Malin W

Jun 28, 2020

Many of the links in the quizzes after the videos are expired, it would be helpful to make the quizzes with new links to new data to explore. Furthermore, there could be more controversion about solutions. It seems as if there are many easy solutions and that Professor Jeffrey Sachs knows them all, but the real world is often more complex than that and there are different opinions in the scientific community.

By Max K

Jun 30, 2020

A lot of the information was a bit out of date and most of the discussion forums have not been updated in a couple years and are not monitored for recent posts. Also on the quizzes there were frequent issues where the correct answer could never be found even if you choose one option every time you take it. It was an interesting course but could definitely use updating.

By RIANO P A

Jun 17, 2018

The course is excellent, I'd love the way the professor explain in detail each topic. However, some data are out-of -date and some links in the quizs are broken. moreover, some questions are wrong because of the data used. Finally, It is a shame that after dedicate 15 weeks in this course, coursera or UNDP don't give us a diploma or certificate of completion.

By Tedros H

Mar 22, 2018

I learned a lot and the course was exciting. However I was disappointed to find out that after 13 weeks of studying there is no certificate, Yup, you have nothing to show for. Some of the links used in quizzes do not work, i.e. one could lose points. While the course is very good, it seems no one bothered to verify or update

By Sarah A

May 09, 2016

Sachs is doing valuable work and I like the premise of the course very much. The videos seemed to present a lot of painfully obvious information, however, and I'm afraid they were not terribly engaging. Maybe just too much/too long? A shorter version of the course that digs in a little deeper somehow might be more alluring.

By Eduardo L G

Aug 25, 2018

It gives a well based numeric approach to sustainable development, but fails to approach some subjects from an ethical point of view. At some time, Prof. Sachs points out a few numeric indicators that favor economic development, but when talking about reaching these numbers, he offers more than debatable ways.

By Winnie H

Jun 26, 2020

The course content is interesting to learn and substantial. However the "assignments" or "quizzes" are not updated and asks for information from links that no longer exist. Some of the information is dated, but overall, provides a through foundation for someone interested in sustainable development.

By Maximiliano O

Jun 08, 2020

Content is great, but the course needs some major updating. Lots of problems with quizzes and broken links or information that has changed over time (there's a lot of help from mentors and other students regarding this, but it's still a problem). Also, the course does not offer a certificate.

By Klara J G

Jun 22, 2018

A bit out of date, should be updated with the adopted SDGsA bit prescriptive, could include more debates and perspectives, for example the solutions presented regarding food systems could include discussions about reducing meat consumption and increasing plant based protein production etc

By Alexander H R

Mar 21, 2017

Professor was quite knowledgeable, and covered a breadth of topics. However, he often presented his political opinion as scientific fact. The quizzes/tests were also based on regurgitation of data/knowledge, rather than higher-order thinking such as application or synthesis

By Anna L Z

Sep 17, 2019

The course is really interesting and covers all basic topics in sustainable development. However the course material and data is outdated from 5 years ago. As sustainability is crucial and changing so fast these days, important discussions are missing.

By Macson D

May 24, 2020

Course content, especially the maps and data referred to in the tests are outdated. Otherwise, this is an excellent course for anyone to understand the theory behind sustainable development and the major global issues associated with achieving it.

By Márton D S

Sep 23, 2016

started quite good, but slow videos and the last quiz was about just numbers. it is good to know what are the measurements, but if we won't teach about that too, the more concrete informations and not numbers would be more informative and useful.

By Horacio N T

Sep 29, 2015

Información de suma importancia para el aprendizaje, recomendaría traducir las pruebas y sub titular las presentaciones; des afortunadamente solo algunos de los vídeos cuentan con sub títulos en español.

By Katharina B

Jul 21, 2019

Great content wise but many source links are outdated and websites have changed! Especially for quizzes and the final exam some sources were thus not adequately available. Recommend updating these :)

By D. Y Y d S

Oct 05, 2020

This course not updated and leaves out a lot of developments from 2020. Overall good course to get a general idea of what SD is. Like, let's talk about SDGs and less of MDGs ?

By Maxton P

Aug 17, 2020

Excellent content and lecturer, however the links are in bad need of an audit as they effect the outcome of exams as they are either out of date or no longer work.