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EnergySustainable EnergyUrban PlanningEnvironmental Protection

Learner Career Outcomes

39%

started a new career after completing these courses

36%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

11%

got a pay increase or promotion
100% online
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines
Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Approx. 29 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English, Chinese (Simplified)

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

1 hour to complete

Course Materials

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

What is Sustainable Development?

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

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Inequality Around the World

2 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 73 min)
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

Week 3

2 hours to complete

A Short History of Economic Development

2 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 78 min)
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

Week 4

2 hours to complete

The History of Inequality

2 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 80 min)
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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