The Age of Sustainable Development
School: Columbia University
Start Date: January 21, 2014 (14 Weeks)
Workload: 5-7 Hours Per Week
Instructor: Jeffrey Sachs
Credentials: Professor Sachs is a professor of Sustainable Development and Health Policy and Management at Columbia University, where he also serves as Director of The Earth Institute. Outside of the university, he is a Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a position he also held with former Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Sachs has also authored three books that have made the New York Times Bestseller List: The End of Poverty, Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet, and The Price of Civilization.
Graded: Students will receive a signed Statement of Accomplishment for successfully completing the course.
Description: This 14 lecture course covers the challenges inherent to creating economic development that is both widely shared and environmentally sustainable. This sweeping course, which covers topics like the food supply, climate change, human rights, education, and poverty, attempts to answer one question: How can societies be better organized to produce greater equality and opportunity that doesn’t denigrate the natural environment? Each weekly lecture is taught in 1 hour video segments, with online readings and assignments accompanying each session.
Additional Background: edX offers a number of global courses, including The Age of Globalization from the University of Texas-Austin and Globalization’s Winners and Losers: Challenges For Developed And Developing Countries by Georgetown University.
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