The Science and Practice of Sustainable Development
Learn the science and policies that drive sustainable development and how leaders can work to achieve UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
About this course
In this environmental studies course, you will learn key concepts of sustainability, and how to apply those to sustainable development practice. The course draws on contemporary examples from the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) to address the world’s most urgent challenges.
You will learn about sustainable development through theories and case studies from a range of disciplines, including environmental science, economics, political science, public health, ecology and more. You also will learn about planetary boundaries, urbanization and growing inequality, to show how integral sustainable development is to our everyday existence.
This course is part of the Leadership in Global Development MicroMasters Program. In order to get the most out of this course, we recommend you have experience working in the development sector or a strong interest in this area. We also recommend that you complete the Leaders in Global Development course prior to commencing or in parallel with this course.
What you'll learn
- To understand how various attributes of sustainability (environmental, economic and social) can be applied by development leaders
- To appreciate some of the scientific underpinnings of sustainable development practice and how policy-makers are trying to apply them for better governance of scarce resources
- To harmonize scientific knowledge about key planetary processes and their application to international economic development
- To describe the current policy landscape for the sustainable development goals (SDGs)
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