Natural resources and the environment as a vehicle for peace.
Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace is a free online environmental science course offered by SDG Academy established by the United Nations. The course is intended for peace and security specialists, natural resource experts, sustainable development practitioners, private sector actors with an interest in development and advanced undergraduate and graduate students studying sustainability.
As a self-paced course, Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace can be completed on a schedule that fits the needs of each individual student. The instructor does recommend spending two weeks on the core modules of the class plus one week on the introductory and wrap-up modules. Students who adopt this schedule will finish all of the coursework within eight weeks and should expect to devote about two to four hours of study time to the course weekly. At the end of the class, students can receive a certificate of completion by paying a $49 fee.
The purpose of Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace is to provide an in-depth look at how natural resources and the environment are connected to violent conflicts. During week one, students will receive an introduction to the course and have a chance to review two case studies. The second and third weeks focus on Natural Resources and Conflict Causes with the course then moving on to discuss Natural Resources and the Environment during Armed Conflict in weeks four and five. Next, the class delves into Post-Conflict Environmental Peacebuilding. The final week includes a course wrap-up and a final examination.