Age of Sustainable Development

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  • 14 Sequences
  • Intermediate Level
  • Subtitles in Portuguese, Russian

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Syllabus

Module 1: What is Sustainable Development?

  • Intro to Sustainable Development (SD)
  • Economic Growth & Progress
  • Continuing Poverty
  • Environmental Threats
  • Business-as-usual vs. SD
  • From the MDGs to the SDGs: Agenda 2030

Module 2: Economic Development

  • Incomes Around the World
  • Urban/Rural Inequality
  • Income Inequality Woithin Countries
  • Measuring Wellbeing
  • Convergence or Divergence

Module 3: History of Economic Development

  • Economic Development from 1750
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Waves of Tech Change
  • Diffusion of Economic Growth
  • Economic Development Since WWII

Module 4: Inequality Between Countries

  • Clinical Economics
  • The Role of Physical Geography: Transport, Energy, Disease, Crops
  • The Role of Culture: Demography, Education, Gender
  • The Role of Politics
  • Countries Stuck in Poverty

Module 5: MDGs: End of Extreme Poverty

  • Extreme Poverty Can End
  • Ending Extreme Poverty in Africa
  • Food Supply in South Asia
  • Official Development Assistance
  • Designing Practical Interventions: Millennium Villages Projects

Module 6: Growth Within Planetary Boundaries

  • The Origins of the Boundary Concept: Thomas Malthus
  • Neo-Malthusian Frameworks: Growth Dynamics
  • The 9 Planetary Boundaries
  • Living Within Limits: Energy, Agriculture and Industry

Module 7: Human Rights, Gender Equality

  • Ethics: Wealth, Poverty, Inequality
  • UN Declarations
  • Divided Societies
  • Forces of Widening Inequalities
  • Gender Inequality & Solutions

Module 8: Education

  • Human Development: Life-Cycle Approach
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Education & the Supply Response
  • Social Mobility
  • The Role of Higher Ed

Module 9: Universal Health Coverage

  • Human Right to Health
  • Poverty & Disease
  • Designing a Health System in Low-Income Countries
  • Healthcare for All
  • Health Coverage in High-Income Countries

Module 10: Sustainable Food Supply: the End of Hunger

  • Malnutrition
  • Farm Systems, Ecology, Food Security
  • How Environmental Change Threatens the Food System
  • How the Food System Threatens the Environment
  • A Sustainable Global Food Supply

Module 11: Sustainable Cities

  • Patterns of Urbanization
  • What Makes a City Sustainable?
  • Smart Infrastructure
  • Urban Resilience
  • Planning for SD

Module 12: Curbing Climate Change

  • Science of Climate Change
  • Consequences
  • Mitigation
  • Adaptation
  • Global Cooperation

Module 13: Saving Biodiversity

  • What is Biodiversity?
  • Biodiversity Under Threat
  • Oceans & Fisheries
  • Deforestation
  • International Dynamics

Module 14: The Sustainable Development Goals

  • The Sustainable Development Goals
  • Goal-based Development
  • Financing for Sustainable Development
  • Principles of Good Governance
  • Is Sustainable Development Feasible?

Prerequisite

None.

Instructors

Jeffrey D. Sachs
Professor
Columbia University

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