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EnergySustainable EnergyUrban PlanningEnvironmental Protection

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Approx. 38 hours to complete

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English

Subtitles: English, Chinese (Simplified)

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
1 hour to complete

Course Materials

Information about the general course structure and reading list can be found here....
3 readings
3 readings
Suggested Readings for The Age of Sustainable Development10m
Syllabus10m
Course Overview10m
1 hour to complete

What is Sustainable Development?

Professor Sachs provides an overview of the challenges the world faces, and introduces the topic of 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

Professor Sachs delves into the reasons for and the measurements of inequality between and within countries....
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

Professor Sachs provides a history of economic development, starting with the Industrial Revolution and ending with the current state of modern economic growth....
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

Professor Sachs analyzes the intersecting roles of various factors that contribute to some countries advancing while others do not....
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
Week
5
2 hours to complete

The MDGs and the End of Extreme Poverty

Professor Sachs outlines the pathways for achieving the end of extreme poverty....
5 videos (Total 92 min), 1 quiz
5 videos
A Strategy to End Extreme Poverty in Africa19m
South Asia: The Continuing Challenge of the Food Supply21m
A Closer Look at Official Development Assistance16m
Designing Practical Interventions: The Case of Millennium Villages18m
1 practice exercise
QUIZ: The MDGs and the End of Extreme Poverty 20m
Week
6
2 hours to complete

Growth within Planetary Boundaries

Professor Sachs details the various planetary boundaries and their implications for growth dynamics....
5 videos (Total 103 min), 1 quiz
5 videos
Growth Dynamics18m
Growth and Planetary Boundaries: The Case of Energy (22:04)22m
Growth and Planetary Boundaries: The Case of Food (20:06)20m
Growth and Planetary Boundaries: The Case of Population (21:31)21m
1 practice exercise
QUIZ: Growth within Planetary Boundaries 20m
Week
7
2 hours to complete

Human Rights and Gender Equality

Professor Sachs delves into the ethics of wealth, poverty and inequality as well as the forces that widen inequalities....
5 videos (Total 117 min), 1 quiz
5 videos
Major UN Covenants and Declarations20m
Divided societies22m
Forces of Widening Inequalities26m
Gender Inequality and Solutions26m
1 practice exercise
QUIZ: Human Rights and Gender Equality 20m
Week
8
2 hours to complete

Education

Professor Sachs provides an overview of the state of modern education, and what needs to be achieved for sustainable development....
5 videos (Total 84 min), 1 quiz
5 videos
Early Childhood Development16m
The Rising Returns to Education and the Supply Response14m
Social Mobility15m
The Role of Higher Education in Sustainable Development21m
1 practice exercise
QUIZ: Education20m
Week
9
2 hours to complete

Universal Health Coverage

Professor Sachs provides an overview of the challenges and pathways to achieving universal health coverage....
5 videos (Total 121 min), 1 quiz
5 videos
Poverty and Disease21m
Designing and Financing a Primary Health System in Low-Income Settings23m
Ten Recommended Steps to Health for All in the Poorest Countries18m
The Challenges of Health Coverage in High-Income Countries28m
1 practice exercise
QUIZ: Universal Health Coverage20m
Week
10
2 hours to complete

Sustainable Food Supply and the End of Hunger

Professor Sachs provides an overview of food security, farm systems, and ecology and reviews what can be done to achieve a sustainable global food supply....
5 videos (Total 103 min), 1 quiz
5 videos
Farm Systems, Ecology, and Food Security19m
How Environmental Change Threatens the Food System17m
How the Food System Threatens the Environment21m
Towards a sustainable global food supply23m
1 practice exercise
QUIZ: Sustainable Food Supply and the End of Hunger20m
Week
11
2 hours to complete

Sustainable Cities

Professor Sachs looks into what makes a city sustainable, the patterns of urbanization, and pathways for urban resilience around the world....
5 videos (Total 104 min), 1 quiz
5 videos
What makes a city sustainable?
15m
Smart Infrastructure23m
Urban Resilience22m
Planning for Sustainable Development19m
1 practice exercise
QUIZ: Sustainable Cities20m
Week
12
2 hours to complete

Curbing Climate Change

Professor Sachs provides an introduction to the science behind climate change, and describes the negotiations and policies that are necessary to mitigate and prevent the consequences....
5 videos (Total 97 min), 1 quiz
5 videos
Consequences17m
Mitigation19m
Mitigation Policies21m
Policies and Global Cooperation for Climate Change20m
1 practice exercise
QUIZ: The Basic Science of Climate Change and Consequences 20m
Week
13
2 hours to complete

Saving Biodiversity

Professor Sachs reviews the various threats to the world's ecosystem and biodiversity....
5 videos (Total 107 min), 1 quiz
5 videos
Biodiversity Under Threat 24m
Oceans and Fisheries 21m
Deforestation 17m
International Dynamics 24m
1 practice exercise
QUIZ: Saving Biodiversity20m
Week
14
3 hours to complete

The SDGs

Professor Sachs recounts the history of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and describes what is necessary to achieve them....
5 videos (Total 110 min), 2 quizzes
5 videos
Goal Based Development24m
Financing for Sustainable Development23m
Principles of Good Governance12m
Feasibility of Sustainable Development25m
2 practice exercises
QUIZ: The SDGs20m
Final Exam10m
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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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