Introduction to Sustainable Development

This 'On Demand' online course comprises three modules of a longer course, "The Age of Sustainable Development." It is designed as a taster course to provide an overview of the topic.

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This preview and introductory course will give you an understanding of the key challenges and pathways to sustainable development - that is, economic development that is also socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable.

You can study this 'On Demand' course online via a computer, tablet or on your phone; at times to suit you, and as its on-demand is will remain available throughout the year.

This course will examine the topics:


What is Sustainable Development?

Sustainable development is a central concept for our age. It is both a way of understanding the world and a method for solving global problems


A short history of Economic Development

The world we’ve seen is divided. How did these vast differences across the world come about? How is it that there are countries like the United States at more than $50,000 dollars per person per year of income, and countries like Niger at under $500 dollars per person per year. This huge gap certainly did not exist two centuries ago.


Growth within Planetary Boundaries

To achieve sustainable development, countries need to achieve three goals simultaneously: economic growth, broad-based social inclusion, and environmental sustainability. While many countries have “solved” the growth puzzles, few have succeeded in achieving all three aspects of sustainable development.


It is expected that this course should take approximately 5 hrs to complete.

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