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The UN Sustainable Development Goals

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The Sustainable Development Goals – A Global, Transdisciplinary Vision for the Future is an online course offered by the Sustainability Science Centre at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. The class is intended for students in any field who have an interest in sustainable development. Those pursuing, planning to pursue or working in the fields of political action, climate change and sustainability will all find the class beneficial.

A beginner’s class, The Sustainable Development Goals – A Global, Transdisciplinary Vision for the Future has no prerequisites and requires no previous knowledge or work experience related to the topic. The class lasts for 3 weeks and is presented as a series of videos in English and supplemental readings. Students will need to spend 2 to 4 hours per week on the course material. Quizzes are given weekly to determine how well students have learned the information covered.

During the first unit of The Sustainable Development Goals – A Global, Transdisciplinary Vision for the Future, students are introduced to the goals set by the United Nations. The unit covers how the goals relate to one another and how they are different from other international sustainability efforts from the past. The second module Managing Human Impacts on the Natural World discusses how development impacts the natural world and how this impact can be monitored to keep development sustainable. Through the last module, Social Sustainability and the Way Forward, students will take a peek into the future of sustainable development.

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