The UN Sustainable Development Goals
The Sustainable Development Goals – A Global, Transdisciplinary Vision for the Future is an online course offered by the Sustainability Science Centre at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. The class is intended for students in any field who have an interest in sustainable development. Those pursuing, planning to pursue or working in the fields of political action, climate change and sustainability will all find the class beneficial.
A beginner’s class, The Sustainable Development Goals – A Global, Transdisciplinary Vision for the Future has no prerequisites and requires no previous knowledge or work experience related to the topic. The class lasts for 3 weeks and is presented as a series of videos in English and supplemental readings. Students will need to spend 2 to 4 hours per week on the course material. Quizzes are given weekly to determine how well students have learned the information covered.
During the first unit of The Sustainable Development Goals – A Global, Transdisciplinary Vision for the Future, students are introduced to the goals set by the United Nations. The unit covers how the goals relate to one another and how they are different from other international sustainability efforts from the past. The second module Managing Human Impacts on the Natural World discusses how development impacts the natural world and how this impact can be monitored to keep development sustainable. Through the last module, Social Sustainability and the Way Forward, students will take a peek into the future of sustainable development.
Global Health and Humanitarianism
Global Health and Humanitarianism is a course that is currently being offered by the University of Manchester. It is a six-week course that is designed to give students an overview of the situation surrounding humanitarianism and global health both in practice and in theory. These two fields are connected and overlap with one another, and that connection will be shown through three key themes. Taught through lectures and videos, each of the three themes will be discussed for a two-week period.
The first and second week of the Global Health and Humanitarianism will center on an introduction to the global health situation; the third and fourth weeks will speak about humanitarianism; and the fifth and sixth weeks will discuss the right to humanitarian assistance. The course will look at a few different debates and opinions on the topics and will be linked to moral and ethics issues while being linked to the key themes. It is encouraged that students share their thoughts and opinions with their peers during this period in order to get a greater understanding.
Global Health and Humanitarianism is a beginner course and will be taught entirely in English. The course will include modules that will use videos, readings, lectures and papers. Occasionally, there will be a graded assignment that students must pass in order to pass the course as a whole. By the end, students will understand the different tools and the knowledge that one must possess in order to truly understand the key themes.
From Poverty to Prosperity: Understanding Economic Development
From Poverty to Prosperity: Understanding Economic Development is a course that is provided by the prestigious University of Oxford. This course takes a close look at how poorer societies can prosper and what sort of obstacles must be conquered in order to do so. Other aspects that it will examine include the role of the government and the important social, political and economic points that can affect development; the reason why society is in need of politics that are both inclusive and centralized and the process in which such politics develop; the social keys that are needed for such development which includes the importance of narratives, norms and identities; the impact of economics on such development, including ideas about the way politics can inhibit or promote the exploitation of specialization and scale; and the external conditions surrounding development like capital flow, trade flow, and international governance rule.
This course will examine the way that economic development is influenced by all of these factors along with influencing the development of an economy and the unique paths that countries all across the globe have taken in order to achieve this. Relationships from anarchy to centralized states will be looked at, as will the relationship between centralized states and inclusive states. Growth through industrialization and urbanization will also be examined, especially in the way that the flow of labor, capital and trade can inhibit or assist that growth.
Improving the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents: from Evidence to Action
Improving the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents: from Evidence to Action is a course offered by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in the United Kingdom. The course can be beneficial for a wide range of individuals. Undergraduates interested in health care careers and medical students and post graduates can benefit from the material as well as other professionals who deal with the health of women, children and adolescents.
Taught through a series of English lecture videos, Improving the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents: from Evidence to Action is offered fully online. The class lasts for 6 weeks and is divided into modules that include videos, supplemental readings and assignments. Students should expect to spend about 4 hours of study time per week on the course. The class is offered for free with access to course materials provided for 8 weeks. For a $64 fee, students can obtain lifetime access to the course material and a certificate of achievement upon successful completion of the class.
Improving the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents: from Evidence to Action explores the current health status of children, adolescents and women worldwide. Attention is paid to reproductive health throughout a woman’s life span as well as rates of stillbirth and child mortality around the world. By the end of the course, students will have a clear understanding of what causes poor health outcomes for women, children and teens and what can be done to address these concerns to promote healthier communities.
- The Age of Sustainable Development (Coursera)
This introduction to international development gives students an overview of what sustainable development is and explains various aspects of it. Over the course of 14 weeks, students will discuss and be quizzed on the topics of global inequality, the history of economic development, the history of inequality, the Millennium Development Goals, global growth dynamics, human rights and gender equality, education, universal health care, sustainable food supply, sustainable cities, climate change, biodiversity, and finally, the Sustainable Development Goals. This course will help students understand challenges and pathways to economic development that is also socially inclusive and environmentally sustainability.
This course is taught by economist and author Jeffrey Sachs through Columbia University. Each week’s lecture takes 2 hours. In addition to the 3 introductory reading materials, each week’s lesson includes 5 videos and a quiz. The courses is in English and can be taken with simplified Chinese subtitles. Students must pass all graded assignments to complete the course.
This course aims to teach technical and management principles regarding the planning, implementing, and evaluating of health programs for displaced populations in developing countries, in particular refugee camps. Students will discuss assessment, nutrition, epidemiology of major health programs, surveillance, and program management for relief operations. This program is geared towards health professionals looking to work in international development and development professionals with a background in health. The goal of the program is to equip students to understand the health needs of refugees and displaced people and to develop and implement appropriate programs and responses for these needs.
This course was developed as part of Emory University’s Center for Humanitarian Emergencies, which is a collaboration between CDC’s Emergency Response and Recovery Branch and the Rollins School of Public Health. It is taught by Dabney P. Evans and Cyrus Shahpar and is considered an intermediate level course.
This course explores the economic and business side of development, examining trade, investment, and technology and their effects on various aspects of both developed and developing countries. Students will learn about challenges with resources, methods to deal with sweatshops, supply chains, wage inequality as a result of globalization, manufacturing jobs, China as a “superpower,” and the economic status of the United States. At the end of the course, students will develop a plan to resolve the US budget deficit and reform Social Security.
This course is free and is currently listed as an archived course, which means that all material may not be available. Taught by 15 various instructors through GeorgetownX, the commitment for the course is 3.5 to 5 hours a week. When the course is open, students have the option to purchase a verified certificate of completion.
This 6-week course will discuss how poor societies can overcome obstacles and become prosperous. Students will learn about the role of government in development, the need for governments that are centralized and inclusive, social factors necessary for development, the impact of economic processes on development, and external conditions for development. This course is meant to help students understand factors that influence economic development, as well as various development processes for various countries. Each course will teach students what the need to know to complete a final assignment to analyze development challenges.
Offered for free through the University of Oxford, economist and policy expert Sir Paul Collier teaches this course. Students can expect to spend 2 to 3 hours per week on classes and assignments. This is an intermediate level course but does not require any prior experience or knowledge. Students can purchase a verified certificate of completion.
Through this self-paced course, students will take 6 weeks to learn about where their food comes from and how people access food. The course will discuss food access in regards to the history of food manufacturing, social and economic dynamics in households, local level interactions in the markets, and national scale politics and policies. Students will learn basic principles of food access, will understand actors’ choices influencing food access, and will discern dilemmas at various levels to understand the impact on connections to food access.
This free course is taught by a variety of development instructors Wageningen University. The course is geared towards students, food and nutrition policy makers, and development practitioners at various levels. Participants can expect to spend 6 to 8 hours a week on classes and assignments. They can also pay to receive a verified certificate of completion.