Length Length

6 modules, accessible at any time

Effort Effort

1-2 hours per module

Price Price

FREE

Languages Languages

English

Video Transcripts Video Transcripts

English, Español

Prerequisites Prerequisites

None

Requirements Requirements

An internet connection to access course materials

WHAT IS LAUDATO SI’?
The origins of Pope Francis’

call to action

WHAT IS LAUDATO SI’?
GLOBAL, NATIONAL AND LOCAL SOLUTIONS
From grassroots to

policy-level support

GLOBAL, NATIONAL AND LOCAL SOLUTIONS
WHY SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT?
An overview of the human roots of

the ecological crisis

WHY SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT?

Overview

This course is self-paced – you can enroll immediately and complete the course materials at any time before August 31, 2019.

What is Laudato Si’? First presented by Pope Francis – spiritual leader to the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics – to his faith-based cohort, it is a call to action addressed not only to Catholics, but to all people of the world. Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home raises the profile of the grave ecological crisis that humanity has created and issues a moral clarion call for urgent action to protect the earth and its inhabitants from ruin.

This short course provides an overview of the main themes and messages of Laudato Si’. No affiliation or prior familiarity with Catholic teaching is required, nor any prior knowledge of the sustainable development agenda. Students are guided through the basic structure of the Laudato Si’ message – diagnosis of the ecological crisis, an overview of its theological and philosophical underpinnings, evaluation of the human behavior at its root, the need for institutional solutions, and the call for personal action. Issued in the months leading up to adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Agreement, Laudato Si’ can be read as a moral charter for sustainable development. It provides a firm ethical foundation for actions that need to be taken urgently at all levels – global, national, local and personal, too. This is what makes it so important.

structure

  • Pre-recorded lectures
  • Readings
  • Discussion forum
  • Quizzes

This course is for

Anyone new to the concept of sustainable development who wants to understand its importance and the rationale for their own personal commitment to its principles

Graduate students and advanced undergraduate students interested in a core principle in their study of sustainable development – the interplay of various stakeholders in achieving the agenda

Those in faith-based communities interested in the relationship between faith and action to protect the planet

Questions?

Course logistics and requirements

This course is self-paced. All course components are available now and can be completed at any time that is convenient for the students.

Please note that this course is not facilitated by a course team. We encourage students to engage with one another via the discussion forum. Any specific questions can be sent to the SDG Academy team at sdgacademy@unsdsn.org.

Certificates

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

syllabus

Module 1: Pope Francis & the Encyclical

Module 2: On Care for Our Common Home

Module 3: Theology, Philosophy & the Encyclical

Module 4: Human Roots of the Ecological Crisis

Module 5: Global, National & Local Solutions

Module 6: International Ecological Conversion