Length Length

6 modules, accessible at any time

Effort Effort

2-4 hours per module

Price Price

FREE

Languages Languages

English

Video Transcripts Video Transcripts

English, Pусский

Prerequisites Prerequisites

None

Requirements Requirements

An internet connection to access course materials

THE BASICS
What are the

Sustainable Development Goals?

THE BASICS
TECHNOLOGY AND SUSTAINABILITY
How modern advancements and connectivity can help us

achieve the goals

TECHNOLOGY AND SUSTAINABILITY
THE IMPORTANCE OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Why should you care about the Sustainable Development Goals – as a corporation, as a university, as an individual?

THE IMPORTANCE OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Overview

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

In this massive open online course, learn all about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

In September 2015, the world’s leaders signed on to this new agenda, answering the call for a global vision of important social, economic and environmental needs to support the planet and its people in long-term prosperity and survival. The goals include a set of key areas of focus, as well as detailed targets to put our planet on track for this continuing sustainability through 2030 and beyond.

Sustainable development is not just a problem for future generations. It is a shared global responsibility now and forevermore to be thoughtful stewards of our entire world – from developed countries to developing countries, from high-level policymakers to individuals.

structure

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

Lead Faculty

  • Jeffrey Sachs

    Jeffrey Sachs

    Professor, Columbia University

This course is for

Anyone new to the concept of the Sustainable Development Goals who wants to understand what they are, why they’re important and how to achieve them

Graduate students and advanced undergraduate students interested in the key concepts and practices of sustainability

Policymakers and sustainable development practitioners looking for a concise overview of the goals and their targets

Private-sector actors, such as those who work in corporate sustainability and responsibility or at universities – who want their work to be more sustainable and align with global progress

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: Getting to Know the Sustainable Development Goals

Module 2: Sustainable Development Plans

Module 3: Technology, Innovation, and the Sustainable Development Goals

Module 4: Good Governance and the Sustainable Development Goals

Module 5: Business and the Sustainable Development Goals

Module 6: Universities and the Sustainable Development Goals