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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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Jun 1, 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.

May 18, 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 Katarína K

Jan 13, 2020

The lectures are very interesting and fascinating, I really enjoyed watching them! However, the tests are outdated, many of the links in them do not exist anymore which makes it more difficult to pass them.

By Minal B

Sep 30, 2020

Very good course with tremendous knowledge gaining experience. Should Have updated with time. I am also like to add coursera should provide certificate for this course as person spending 14 weeks on this.

By Julie B

Dec 5, 2018

Very interesting class.

Only one comment : it is becoming difficult to answer to questions. Indeed, they are referring to 2014 datas that are getting harder to get and links that can't be found anymore.

By Jessica B

Jun 16, 2020

Great content and Dr Sachs a great lecturer. Some questions on tests need updating as websites used for course materials have more up-to-date data that is not always reflected in the questions.


Sep 3, 2020

An open window on the world + cool content + a wonderful teacher = It was a very cool and learning experience even if some updates (we are in 2020) would be useful during the weekly tests

By Steven A

Feb 3, 2018

There is some great material in here (especially detailing the more hopeful aspects of sustainable development). The only bad part was that some of the links need updating in the quizzes.

By Laurel H

Oct 17, 2017

Very informative with extensive materials and an awesome professor. Highly recommended, the only thing better would be regular updates t some of the charts used and taking it in person.

By Clara B

May 29, 2020

Great course, very interesting content and amazing Professor. However there are some issues with the quizzes due to a lack of update of the course, which can be frustrating at times.

By Jesse K C

Oct 11, 2017

Sachs was an entertaining professor and the lectures where informative. He really does illustrate and discuss the different factors that may effect an area's development process.

By Monica S

Nov 8, 2015

Very interesting and demanding course, however is very long (14 weeks) in comparison to other online courses and due to its length it should provide a certificate of completion.

By Christian T

Jun 16, 2020

Al ser un curso hecho el 2012 hay muchos cuadros y consultas del examen que ya no están disponibles en internet, pero aún así la información es valiosa y es posible terminarlo.

By Béatrice N

May 3, 2020

Very interesting course, it gives a global overview of the topic. Unfortunately the tests are often outdated and refer to graphs that do not exist anymore... very frustrating!

By michael a

Jan 21, 2018

Text book and videos were great...quizzes were a little behind in that the links were often no longer connected so you are left to guess when the link holds the specific an

By Ivana

Sep 14, 2020

it was very interesting, I learned many new things and got insights into valuable information. It should be updated, though, because many links in quizzes do not work.

By Montserrrat P A

Jan 18, 2016

Muy buen curso, entrega lo que ofrece y Jeffrey Sacks explica muy bien. El único problema son los quiz, traen links que no funcionan y hay respuestas que están mal.

By Mark A G

Jan 18, 2016

A great overview of a very complicated topic. Dr. Sachs does a great job presenting the information in easily digestible bits but still keeps it interesting.

By Ankita D

Jun 28, 2017

Great course but some of the content needs to be updated to include recent events since Environmental Science is such a fast-changing field at the moment.

By Cynthia Z

Aug 29, 2020

Good lectures, quizzes need to be updated with new links. Learned a lot from the professor, overall digital quizzes and exams had problems only.

By Martijn v B

Dec 31, 2016

Very informative and interesting. The links to various sources in the tests are not up to date though and make it difficult to get a 100% score.

By Larissa B

Nov 7, 2016

Very good course! The only thing that i must criticise is that in many weekly tests there are mistakes. This can get a little bit frustrating

By Hannah N

Apr 1, 2018

Really thorough overview of some of the most pressing issues facing the world, the need to act fast, and some potential courses of action.

By Susanne F

Jan 5, 2018

Very interesting and motivating course. I liked the way data was incorporated although unfortunately some links to statistics did not work

By Leticia d B

Feb 14, 2016

Very Interesting and helpful. It's a way to open our mind and definitely something that everyone should know about before it is too late.

By Laura G

Aug 20, 2015

In this course there is a lot of valuable information, well prepared lessons and readings. I would try to make quizzes more complicated.

By Richard J

May 28, 2017

Unfortunately, I am missing more normative approach, advises in sense of reduced individual consumption in terms of food and traveling.