This online course is provided by University of Edinburgh through Coursera for FREE.

Duration: June to August 2015

Course Objective

Many issues threaten the future of ourselves and other species on the planet. The most prominent of these is dangerous global climate change; and this with the over-exploitation of our lands and seas, loss of biodiversity, and over-use of manufactured chemicals, affects the stability of the global systems upon which all life depends. For our species these (and other factors) contribute to social inequalities and impact on human well-being and economic stability. It is imperative that we develop an informed response to these challenges and that we feel empowered and enabled to take positive actions towards a sustainable future. 

In this course you will refine your own understanding of 'sustainability' in light of the range of definitions, contexts and educational approaches that we will discuss. This process will enable you to develop a personal ethic and positive response to ‘sustainability’, and help you to communicate these ideas to others. What on Earth could be more important?

This online course is provided by MIT through eDx for FREE. 

Duration: 3 February 2015

Course Objective

A course for those who are interested in the challenge posed by massive and persistent world poverty.

This is a course for those who are interested in the challenge posed by massive and persistent world poverty, and are hopeful that economists might have something useful to say about this challenge. The questions we will take up include: Is extreme poverty a thing of the past? What is economic life like when living under a dollar per day? Are the poor always hungry? How do we make schools work for poor citizens? How do we deal with the disease burden? Is microfinance invaluable or overrated? Without property rights, is life destined to be "nasty, brutish and short"? Should we leave economic development to the market? Should we leave economic development to non-governmental organizations (NGOs)? Does foreign aid help or hinder? Where is the best place to intervene? And many others.


At the end of this course, you should have a good sense of the key questions asked by scholars interested in poverty today, and hopefully a few answers as well.

This is an online course provided by Columbia University through Coursera for FREE.

Duration: Anytime, unlimited access. 

Course Objectives

This course comprises three modules of Dr. Sachs' longer course, "The Age of Sustainable Development."

This preview course, "Introduction to Sustainable Development" 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.

This is an online course based on the book "POOR ECONOMICS". This course is FREE. 

Duration: Anytime, unlimited. This course has ended but course archive available at eDx.

Course Objective

Radically rethinking the way we fight poverty.

Why would a man in Morocco who doesn’t have enough to eat buy a television? Why is it so hard for children in poor areas to learn, even when they attend school? Does having lots of children actually make you poorer? Answering questions like these is critical if we want to have a chance to really make a dent against global poverty.

Based on our work and that of many others, we try to do that in our book. This website provides supporting material: informative slideshows, material for teaching the book, supporting data, and links to researcher and organization websites. Feel free to delve in and learn more.

 

This online course is provided by University of Pennsylvania  through Coursera for FREE.

Duration: 8 weeks, 15 September to 10 November 2014

Course Objective

Sustainability is defining a generation of students and young professionals and their influence is transforming things like cities, companies, and laws around the world. Sustainability is often explained as meeting “the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” In practice, this means understanding connections, including connections across time. These connections create systems that are greater than the simple sums of their parts, with consequences that are often unexpected by people paying attention to only one part of a system. This course provides an introduction to the ideas and practices that people are using to understand and change these connections in pursuing more sustainable processes, communities, environments, and organizations. 

Systems theory appears in many guises and most disciplines claim some share of the systems approach to connections and consequences. In ways that we will explore in the course, design thinking is a method for putting systems theory into practice. Designers and their way of thinking provide a significant contribution to sustainability in practice, from improving energy performance in buildings to identifying the value ecosystems services provide to human settlements. This course has several strategic partners providing us with content and with platforms for discussion. These networks will provide the course with an extensive and diverse portfolio of problems, solutions, illustrations, and challenges with which to explore the ideas presented above. We will use these very different venues as platforms for discussion and will organize student conversations and assignments using the network partners.    

This online course is provided by Columbia University through Coursera for FREE. 

Duration: 9 September to 5 December 2014

Course Objective

This course provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of sustainable development, drawing on the most recent developments in the social, policy, and physical sciences. Sustainable development is the most urgent challenge facing humanity. The fundamental question is how the world economy can continue to develop in a way that is socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable. The course describes the complex interactions between the world economy and the Earth's physical environment. Ecological processes and constraints (climate, disease ecology, physical resources such as soils and energy sources, topography and transport conditions) significantly shape the patterns of economic development, demography, and wealth and poverty. At the same time, human activities (farming, land use, urbanization, demographic change, and energy use) change the physical environments, increasingly in dangerous ways. The course offers a broad overview of the key challenges and potential solutions to achieve sustainable development in the 21st century. 

This course is provided by University of Texas at Austin through eDx for FREE. 

Duration: 15 weeks, starts on 27 August 2014

Course Objective

Globalization is a fascinating spectacle that can be understood as global systems of competition and connectivity. These man-made systems provide transport, communication, governance, and entertainment on a global scale. International crime networks are outgrowths of the same systems. Topics include national identity, language diversity, the global labor market, popular culture, sports and climate change.

However, an increase in integration has not brought increased equality. Globalization creates winners and losers among countries and global corporations, making competition the beating heart of the globalization process.

The globalization process exemplifies connectivity. Globalization is unimaginable without the unprecedented electronic networks that project dominant cultural products into every society on earth.

Learn how to identify and analyze global systems and better understand how the world works.

Before your course starts, try the new edX Demo where you can explore the fun, interactive learning environment and virtual labs.

This course is provided by Massachusetts Institute of Technology through MIT Open Course Ware. 

Duration: Anytime, unlimited access. This course has ended but course archive available at MITOCW. 

Course Objective

D-Lab Development addresses issues of technological improvements at the micro level for developing countries—in particular, how the quality of life of low-income households can be improved by adaptation of low cost and sustainable technologies. Discussion of development issues as well as project implementation challenges are addressed through lectures, case studies, guest speakers and laboratory exercises. Students form project teams to partner with mostly local level organizations in developing countries, and formulate plans for an IAP site visit. (Previous field sites include Ghana, Brazil, Honduras and India.) Project team meetings focus on developing specific projects and include cultural, social, political, environmental and economic overviews of the countries and localities to be visited as well as an introduction to the local languages.

This course is provided by Massachusetts Institute of Technology through MIT Open Course Ware for FREE.

Duration: Anytime, unlimited access. This course has ended but course archive is available at MITOCW. 

Course Objective

15.975 U-Lab: Leading Profound Innovation for a More Sustainable World is an interactive and experiential class about leading profound innovation for pioneering a more sustainable economy and society. The class is organized around personal reflection practices, relational practices, and societal practices. It focuses on the intertwined relationship between the evolution of capitalism, multi-stakeholder innovation, and presencing.

This is an online course provided by Massachusetts Institute of Technology through MIT Open Course Ware for FREE.

Duration: Anytime, unlimited access. This course has ended but course archive is available at MITOCW. 

Course Objective

This course explores policy and planning for sustainable development. It critically examines concept of sustainability as a process of social, organizational, and political development drawing on cases from the U.S. and Europe. It also explores pathways to sustainability through debates on ecological modernization; sustainable technology development, international and intergenerational fairness, and democratic governance.

This course is provided by Massachusetts Institute of Technology through MIT Open Course Ware for FREE. 

Duration: Anytime, unlimited, the course has ended but course archive is available at MITOCW

Course Objective

This course examines alternative conceptions and theoretical underpinnings of the notion of "sustainable development." It focuses on the sustainability problems of industrial countries (i.e., aging of populations, sustainable consumption, institutional adjustments, etc.); and of developing states and economies in transition (i.e., managing growth, sustainability of production patterns, pressures of population change, etc.). It also explores the sociology of knowledge around sustainability, the economic and technological dimensions and institutional imperatives along with implications for political constitution of economic performance.

This online course is provided by University of Illionois at Urbana-Champaign through Coursera for FREE.

Duration: 8 weeks, 25 August to 19 October 2014

Course Objective

This course introduces the academic approach of Sustainability and explores how today’s human societies can endure in the face of global change, ecosystem degradation and resource limitations. The course focuses on key knowledge areas of sustainability theory and practice, including population, ecosystems, global change, energy, agriculture, water, environmental economics and policy, ethics, and cultural history.

This subject is of vital importance, seeking as it does to uncover the principles of the long-term welfare of all the peoples of the planet. As sustainability is a cross-disciplinary field of study, this foundation requires intellectual breadth: as I describe it in the class text, understanding our motivations requires the humanities, measuring the challenges of sustainability requires knowledge of the sciences (both natural and social), and building solutions requires technical insight into systems (such as provided by engineering, planning, and management).

This online course is provided by Georgetown University through eDx for FREE.

Duration: 7 weeks, starts on 7 October 2014

Course Objective

This course will examine how the spread of trade, investment, and technology across borders affects firms, workers, and communities in developed and developing countries. It investigates who gains from globalization and who is hurt or disadvantaged by globalization. The course will explore difficult questions such as:

  • How can developing countries avoid the "resource curse"?
  • What are some possible methods to deal with possible "sweatshop" abuses?
  • How can emerging market economies take advantage of supply chains from local firms into developed country markets?
  • How might globalization contribute to wage inequality in developed countries?
  • Should developed countries protect or promote manufacturing jobs?
  • Is China becoming an economic "superpower"?
  • Is the United States in economic decline?

The course concludes by allowing the participant to decide how to resolve the US budget deficit, and reform Social Security, so as to keep the United States competitive in the world economy.

Before your course starts, try the new edX Demo where you can explore the fun, interactive learning environment and virtual labs.

This course is provided by ITC ILO for a FEE.

Duration: 10 November 2014 to 06 November 2015

Course Objective

This Master provides participants with the knowledge and skills for effective participation in the management of development programmes and projects. It explores the evolution of development theories and how successful national development requires integration of the outcome of sound socioeconomic analysis with an enabling legal environment. The content is multidisciplinary, ranging from exploration of key topics in development economics, to the rule of law and the factors influencing the design and effective operation of development institutions. In addition, the programme explores the full spectrum of managerial and analytical competencies needed for project cycle management (PCM) and related interpersonal skills.

This online course is offered by UNDG for FREE. 

Duration: Anytime, unlimited access


Course Outline

  • Message from the Secretary General
  • Course Introduction History and Background of the MDGs 
  • MDGs at the Global and Regional Levels 
  • MDGs at the Country Level 
  • The One Plan: Case Studies 
  • UNDG Agencies and the MDGs 
  • Acknowledgements 
  • Assessments

This online course is provided by UN Public Administration Network (UNPAN) for FREE. 

Duration: Anytime, unlimited access

Course Objective

This online training course is designed as a brief introduction to Results-Based Monitoring and Evaluation (RBME) for the Implementation of the Millennium Development Goals.

Topics included:

  • History and Summary Reports of the MDGs
  • Logical Framework Approach and RBME
  • Monitoring Parameters
  • Managing the Shift to RBME