Beyond the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Addressing Sustainability and Development

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Provider University of Michigan
Platform Coursera
Weeks 5
Hours 9


This Social Sciences course, Beyond the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Addressing Sustainability and Development is course 1 in the Sustainability and Development MasterTrack Certificate program. The focus will be on addressing the twin challenges of sustainability and development. Often times sustainability is simply used as a qualifier for the level of development attained, however when both are placed on an equal footing, it requires us to think more explicitly about the trade-offs, co-benefits and synergies between them, which will be thoroughly explored in this course.

The United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be taught in-depth along with the challenges affecting them using case studies, videos, readings and online quizzes. Topics covered include introductions to the course; climate change; poverty and Inequality; biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation; trade offs and synergies.

Participants will be able to understand and explain the world’s most pressing problems with a specific focus on poverty and inequality, ecosystem degradation and biodiversity loss and climate change; critically analyze the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their relationship to the world’s most pressing problems; use frameworks and evidence necessary to develop solutions; assess relevant solutions that would help realize the SDGs and at the same time solve the pressing problems; and apply skills learnt to implement solutions.

The course is free to audit, but might require a small fee to purchase a certificate of completion. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

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