Length Length

7 modules released weekly, with 2-week catch-up period

Effort Effort

2-4 hours per module

Price Price

FREE

Languages Languages

English

Video Transcripts Video Transcripts

English

Prerequisites Prerequisites

None

Requirements Requirements

An internet connection to access course materials

SCALE AND SCOPE OF THE SDGs
What are the SDGs, and what is their role in the

global development agenda?

SCALE AND SCOPE OF THE SDGs
GLOBAL IMPLEMENTATION AND PLANNING
How can we promote goals-based development?

GLOBAL IMPLEMENTATION AND PLANNING
STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT
What roles do various stakeholders play in

progress towards the goals?

STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT
CONCEPTS, COMPLEXITY, CHALLENGES
What are the major obstacles complicating progress towards the SDGs?

CONCEPTS, COMPLEXITY, CHALLENGES

Overview

This course is available as of September 10, 2018. Enroll today!

On September 25, 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, along with a new set of goals collectively called the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This ambitious agenda is a call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

This 7-week massive open online course (MOOC) on How to Achieve the SDGs provides an in-depth look at planning for SDG implementation. We will discuss financing, policy development, roles of stakeholders, and more. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the societal transformations needed to achieve the SDGs.

structure

  • Pre-recorded lectures
  • Readings
  • Quizzes
  • Discussion boards
  • Live Q&A sessions
These live sessions allow students to ask questions and engage directly with instructors and leading practitioners in the field. The exact dates of these sessions will be announced early in the course.

Lead Faculty

  • Jeffrey Sachs

    Jeffrey Sachs

    Professor, Columbia University

This course is for

Policy professionals who want to understand frameworks for SDG planning

Sustainable development practitioners seeking knowledge on goals-based development

Advanced undergraduates and graduate students interested in key concepts related to the SDGs

Questions?

Course logistics and requirements

This course will run live from September 10, 2018 through November 11, 2018.

Certificates

Students who successfully complete the course will be eligible to purchase a Verified Certificate signed by the course instructors.

syllabus

Module 1: The SDG framework and Agenda 2030

1.1

Scale and Scope of the SDGs

1.2

A Brief History of the SDGs

1.3

Transformation Challenges

1.4

Differential Diagnosis

1.5

Structures of power and decision making

Transformation Pathways to Success

2.1

Education, Inclusion, Jobs, and Growth

2.2

Health and Wellbeing

2.3

Clean Energy and Industry

2.4

Sustainable Food and Land Use

2.5

Smart Cities and Transport

2.6

Digital Technologies and E-Governance

Module 3: Government and the SDGs

3.1

Planning and Back-casting

3.2

Organizing Government for the SDGs

3.3

SDG Policy Instruments

3.4

SDG Pathways: The Case of Deep Decarbonization

3.5

Industrial Policies and the SDGs

Module 4: SDG Financing

4.1

Needs assessments: estimating resource needs for the SDGs

4.2

Types of Financing

4.3

Capital Markets and the SDGs

4.4

New financing mechanisms and Global Funds

4.5

Development Financing for the SDGs

Module 5: The Business Sector and the SDGs

5.1

The Role of Business in the SDGs

5.2

Shareholders and Stakeholders

5.3

Global Value Chains

5.4

Unsustainable Industries

5.5

Public-Private-Civil Society Partnerships

Module 6: Civil Society and the SDGs

6.1

Public awareness and Consumer Activism

6.2

Data for Accountability and Decision-making

6.3

Investor Activism

6.4

Litigation and Human Rights

6.5

Social Business, CSOs, and Operations Where Government is Weak

Module 7: Global Partnerships for the SDGs

7.1

Development Assistance

7.2

Other Dimensions of Global Partnership

7.3

The Role of Universities and SDSN

7.4

Moral Advocacy: Religious Leaders

7.5

Cross-Border Cooperation

7.6

The World in 2030: Mapping a Path Forward