The Age of Sustainable Development
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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.

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Syllabus

  • Week 1 - Course Materials
    Information about the general course structure and reading list can be found here.
  • Week 1 - What is Sustainable Development?
    Professor Sachs provides an overview of the challenges the world faces, and introduces the topic of sustainable development.
  • Week 2 - Inequality Around the World
    Professor Sachs delves into the reasons for and the measurements of inequality between and within countries.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Week 5 - The MDGs and the End of Extreme Poverty
    Professor Sachs outlines the pathways for achieving the end of extreme poverty.
  • Week 6 - Growth within Planetary Boundaries
    Professor Sachs details the various planetary boundaries and their implications for growth dynamics.
  • 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.
  • Week 8 - Education
    Professor Sachs provides an overview of the state of modern education, and what needs to be achieved for sustainable development.
  • Week 9 - Universal Health Coverage
    Professor Sachs provides an overview of the challenges and pathways to achieving 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Week 13 - Saving Biodiversity
    Professor Sachs reviews the various threats to the world's ecosystem and 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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Intructors

Jeffrey Sachs

Director, Earth Institute; Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development; Professor of Health Policy and Management

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