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

Duration: 8 March to 19 April 2015

Course Objective

Important note: No former knowledge of mathematics, economics or law is required. 

This novel course unravels the complexities of economic growth and distributive justice, their strong interconnections and their weighty interdependencies. Decoding professional terminologies that sometimes baffle the intelligent layman, the course will provide you with the tools you need to truly comprehend, analyze and assess the modern economic and social environment. 

The course is founded upon the elemental idea that the role of the state is to maximize the welfare and wellbeing - or simply the happiness - of its residents. In 6 edifying lessons it describes and explains the various tools of fiscal policy which governments can use to this end. Expounding many truths – both intuitive and unintuitive – it touches upon the essence of important concepts like efficiency and equity, inequality and poverty, gross domestic product, tax evasion and tax planning; it presents the work of Nobel Laureate James Mirrlees and his followers - promoting a coherent system that integrates tax and government expenditures to maximize social welfare; and illuminates a range of high-profile issues from their economic angle: 

  1. Climate change: the atmosphere and oceans as public goods, and how smart (Pigovian) taxation can be used to combat the rapidly increasing threats to our planet;
  2. Technology as the engine of economic growth;
  3. Taxing the rich: How to mitigate the growing inequality problem; should we impose a global tax on capital? 

The curriculum includes interviews with major figures in the fields of law and economics: Harvard's Elhanan Helpman, Dan Shaviro from NYU and Richard Epstein from the University of Chicago and NYU.

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

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

Course Objective

This course explores the application of environmental and economic development planning, policy and management approaches to urban neighborhood community development. Through an applied service learning approach, the course requires students to prepare a sustainable development plan for a community-based non-profit organization. Through this client-based planning project, students will have the opportunity to test how sustainable development concepts and different economic and environmental planning approaches can be applied to advance specific community goals within the constraints of specific neighborhoods and community organizations.

This course is provided by ITC-ILO for a FEE.

Duration: 30 Mar 2015 - 22 May 2015

Course Objective

An interactive e-learning opportunity on green jobs concepts and definitions, through a review of tools, selected literature and ongoing practices, featuring the world of work's contribution to sustainable development.

This course is provided by ITC-ILO for a FEE. 

Duration: 29 September to 10 October 2014

Course Objective

The forum will focus on a set of policy and operational measures which can enhance the effectiveness and impact of public investment in infrastructure and public employment programmes in the context of a long-term development framework. Relevant development efforts by national governments and international agencies will be considered during the event. Pertinent concepts, approaches and examples of good practice will be shared to guide future decision-making on the subjects dealt with. The forum is jointly organized by the ILO's International Training Centre (ITCILO) and the Employment Intensive Investment Programme (EIIP).