This introduction to international development gives students an overview of what sustainable development is and explains various aspects of it. Over the course of 14 weeks, students will discuss and be quizzed on the topics of global inequality, the history of economic development, the history of inequality, the Millennium Development Goals, global growth dynamics, human rights and gender equality, education, universal health care, sustainable food supply, sustainable cities, climate change, biodiversity, and finally, the Sustainable Development Goals. This course will help students understand challenges and pathways to economic development that is also socially inclusive and environmentally sustainability.
This course is taught by economist and author Jeffrey Sachs through Columbia University. Each week’s lecture takes 2 hours. In addition to the 3 introductory reading materials, each week’s lesson includes 5 videos and a quiz. The courses is in English and can be taken with simplified Chinese subtitles. Students must pass all graded assignments to complete the course.