The Age of Sustainable Development

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About this course: 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.

Created by:  Columbia University
  • Taught by:  Jeffrey Sachs

    Director, Earth Institute; Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development; Professor of Health Policy and Management
Commitment 2 hours of lectures per module Language English, Subtitles: Chinese (Simplified) How To Pass Pass all graded assignments to complete the course. User Ratings 4.8 stars Average User Rating 4.8See what learners said …

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When you enroll for courses through Coursera you get to choose for a paid plan or for a free plan

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About this course: 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.

Created by:  Columbia University
  • Taught by:  Jeffrey Sachs

    Director, Earth Institute; Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development; Professor of Health Policy and Management
Commitment 2 hours of lectures per module Language English, Subtitles: Chinese (Simplified) How To Pass Pass all graded assignments to complete the course. User Ratings 4.8 stars Average User Rating 4.8See what learners said Coursework

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Syllabus


WEEK 1


Course Materials
Information about the general course structure and reading list can be found here.


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  1. Reading: Suggested Readings for The Age of Sustainable Development
  2. Reading: Syllabus
  3. Reading: Course Overview


What is Sustainable Development?
Professor Sachs provides an overview of the challenges the world faces, and introduces the topic of sustainable development.


5 videos expand


  1. Video: Intro to Sustainable Development
  2. Video: Economic Growth and Progress
  3. Video: Continuing Poverty
  4. Video: Environmental Threats
  5. Video: Paths

Graded: QUIZ: What is Sustainable Development?

WEEK 2


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


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  1. Video: Incomes Around the World
  2. Video: Urban/Rural Inequality
  3. Video: Income Inequality Within Countries
  4. Video: Measuring Wellbeing
  5. Video: Convergence or Divergence?

Graded: QUIZ: Inequality Around the World

WEEK 3


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.


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  1. Video: Economic Development is New
  2. Video: The Industrial Revolution Starts in England
  3. Video: The Great Waves of Technological Change
  4. Video: The Diffusion of Economic Growth
  5. Video: Economic Development Since World War II

Graded: QUIZ: A Short History of Economic Development

WEEK 4


The History of Inequality
Professor Sachs analyzes the intersecting roles of various factors that contribute to some countries advancing while others do not.


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  1. Video: The Idea of Clinical Economics
  2. Video: The Role of Physical Geography: Transport, Energy, Disease, and Crops
  3. Video: The Role of Culture: Demography, Education, Gender
  4. Video: The Role of Politics
  5. Video: Which Countries are Still Stuck in Poverty?

Graded: QUIZ: The History of Inequality

WEEK 5


The MDGs and the End of Extreme Poverty
Professor Sachs outlines the pathways for achieving the end of extreme poverty.


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  1. Video: The Reasons to Believe that Extreme Poverty Can Be Ended
  2. Video: A Strategy to End Extreme Poverty in Africa
  3. Video: South Asia: The Continuing Challenge of the Food Supply
  4. Video: A Closer Look at Official Development Assistance
  5. Video: Designing Practical Interventions: The Case of Millennium Villages

Graded: QUIZ: The MDGs and the End of Extreme Poverty

WEEK 6


Growth within Planetary Boundaries
Professor Sachs details the various planetary boundaries and their implications for growth dynamics.


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  1. Video: The Planetary Boundaries
  2. Video: Growth Dynamics
  3. Video: Growth and Planetary Boundaries: The Case of Energy (22:04)
  4. Video: Growth and Planetary Boundaries: The Case of Food (20:06)
  5. Video: Growth and Planetary Boundaries: The Case of Population (21:31)

Graded: QUIZ: Growth within Planetary Boundaries

WEEK 7


Human Rights and Gender Equality
Professor Sachs delves into the ethics of wealth, poverty and inequality as well as the forces that widen inequalities.


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  1. Video: The Ethics of Wealth, Poverty, and Inequality
  2. Video: Major UN Covenants and Declarations
  3. Video: Divided societies
  4. Video: Forces of Widening Inequalities
  5. Video: Gender Inequality and Solutions

Graded: QUIZ: Human Rights and Gender Equality

WEEK 8


Education
Professor Sachs provides an overview of the state of modern education, and what needs to be achieved for sustainable development.


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  1. Video: Life-cycle Approach to Human Development
  2. Video: Early Childhood Development
  3. Video: The Rising Returns to Education and the Supply Response
  4. Video: Social Mobility
  5. Video: The Role of Higher Education in Sustainable Development

Graded: QUIZ: Education

WEEK 9


Universal Health Coverage
Professor Sachs provides an overview of the challenges and pathways to achieving universal health coverage.


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  1. Video: The Human Right to Health

  2. Video: Poverty and Disease
  3. Video: Designing and Financing a Primary Health System in Low-Income Settings
  4. Video: Ten Recommended Steps to Health for All in the Poorest Countries
  5. Video: The Challenges of Health Coverage in High-Income Countries

Graded: QUIZ: Universal Health Coverage

WEEK 10


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.


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  1. Video: Malnutrition
  2. Video: Farm Systems, Ecology, and Food Security
  3. Video: How Environmental Change Threatens the Food System
  4. Video: How the Food System Threatens the Environment
  5. Video: Towards a sustainable global food supply

Graded: QUIZ: Sustainable Food Supply and the End of Hunger

WEEK 11


Sustainable Cities
Professor Sachs looks into what makes a city sustainable, the patterns of urbanization, and pathways for urban resilience around the world.


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  1. Video: The patterns of urbanization around the world
  2. Video: What makes a city sustainable?

  3. Video: Smart Infrastructure
  4. Video: Urban Resilience
  5. Video: Planning for Sustainable Development

Graded: QUIZ: Sustainable Cities

WEEK 12


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.


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  1. Video: The Basic Science of Climate Change
  2. Video: Consequences
  3. Video: Mitigation
  4. Video: Mitigation Policies
  5. Video: Policies and Global Cooperation for Climate Change

Graded: QUIZ: The Basic Science of Climate Change and Consequences

WEEK 13


Saving Biodiversity
Professor Sachs reviews the various threats to the world's ecosystem and biodiversity.


5 videos expand


  1. Video: What is Biodiversity?
  2. Video: Biodiversity Under Threat
  3. Video: Oceans and Fisheries
  4. Video: Deforestation
  5. Video: International Dynamics

Graded: QUIZ: Saving Biodiversity

WEEK 14


The SDGs
Professor Sachs recounts the history of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and describes what is necessary to achieve them.


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  1. Video: The proposal for SDGs at Rio+20
  2. Video: Goal Based Development
  3. Video: Financing for Sustainable Development
  4. Video: Principles of Good Governance
  5. Video: Feasibility of Sustainable Development

Graded: QUIZ: The SDGs
Graded: Final Exam
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