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

TRANSITIONS
Examine work and employment's

STRUCTURAL SHIFTS

TRANSITIONS
POLICY RESPONSES
Trace the rise of a modern

WELFARE STATE

POLICY RESPONSES
FUTURE OF WORK
How will AI reshape the

WORLD OF WORK?

FUTURE OF WORK
DECENT WORK FOR ALL
What does it take to

ACHIEVE SDG 8?

DECENT WORK FOR ALL

Overview

This course is self-paced – you can enroll immediately and complete the course materials at any time before August 31, 2021.

National economies have grown substantially since the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century, yet people have not necessarily seen an increase in opportunities to find decent work or earn a decent income. In fact, in some places, the increased productivity and rising profits associated with automation have directly impacted the availability of decent jobs. According to the International Labour Organization, more than 204 million people were unemployed in 2015, and more than 600 million new jobs are needed by 2030 just to keep pace with the growth of the working-age population. We also need to improve working conditions for the 780 million women and men who are employed but not earning enough to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. In addressing these core issues we will not only see increasing decent work opportunities but also more robust, inclusive and poverty-reducing growth.

This course explores the past and future of work in the context of the SDGs, particularly SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth. It examines the state of income and employment around the world, barriers to employment, policies to promote economic opportunity, and the future of work in our rapidly changing world. Encouraging entrepreneurship and job creation are key to achieving the SDGs, as are effective measures to eradicate forced labor, slavery, and human trafficking. With these targets in mind, the world can achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men by 2030.

This seven-module massive open online course (MOOC) provides an in-depth look at the issues of inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all. The topics covered include structural shifts in economies and work; informality, gender, and child labor; the modern welfare state; the future of work; and more. The course concludes with a special module by the ILO on realizing decent work for all and achieving SDG 8.

You will learn about:

  • The link between employment, work, income and wealth
  • Global perspectives on changes to formal employment
  • The challenges of child labor, gender disparity and informal employment
  • Modern welfare state and novel policy instruments
  • Structural and institutional models for the future of work
  • Artificial Intelligence and the future of work
  • What it takes to achieve SDG 8 and realize decent work for all, featured in a special module by the ILO

structure

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

Lead Faculty

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    Jeffrey Sachs

    Columbia University

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    Kailash Satyarthi

    Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation

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    Guy Ryder

    International Labour Organization

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    Jeemol Unni

    Ahmedabad University

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    Martha Chen

    Harvard University

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    Carl Frey

    University of Oxford

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    Bo Rothstein

    University of Gothenburg

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    Roberto Mangabeira Unger

    Harvard University

This course is for

Policy professionals who want to understand frameworks for SDG planning

Development practitioners seeking knowledge on goals-based development

Advanced undergraduates and graduate students interested in economics, development, and other key concepts related to the SDGs

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 courses@sdgacademy.org.

Certificates

Learners who successfully complete the course will be eligible to purchase a Verified Certificate signed by Professor Jeffrey Sachs.

syllabus

Module 1: Decent Work for Sustainable Development

1.1

Introduction to SDG 8: The Link between Work and Sustainable Development

1.2

Employment, Decent Work and Social Justice for Sustainability

1.3

Link between Employment, Work, Income and Wealth

1.4

Measuring Decent Work and SDG 8

1.5

Implosion Points, Demographic Change, Changing Nature and Locations of Jobs and Incomes

Module 2: Transitions in Employment and Work

2.1A

Structural Shifts in Economies and Work

2.1B

Structural Shifts in Economies and Work: Skill Bias

2.2

Work in a Post Manufacturing World

2.3A

Macroeconomic Context of Diminishing Returns to Labor

2.3B

Macroeconomic Context of Diminishing Returns to Labor: Social Democratic Model

2.4

Disaggregating Productivity Gains

2.5

Global Perspectives on Changes to Formal Employment

Module 3: Challenges of Work: Informality, Gender and Child Labor

3.1

Informal Employment: Definitions and Debates

3.2

Global Data: Size, Composition and Characteristics

3.3

Urban Informal Self-Employment

3.4A

Informal Self Employment: Informal Enterprises

3.4B

Informal Self Employment: Dependent Contractors

3.5

Challenges for Policy for Informal Workers and Enterprises

3.6

Formalization and Decent Work

3.7

Women in the Informal Workforce

3.8

Child Labor

3.9

Case Study: Modern Slavery and Children

Module 4: Current Policy Responses

4.1

Tracing the Rise of a Modern Welfare State

4.2

Features of a Modern Welfare State

4.3

New Policy Instruments

4.4

Developing Policies for the Education to Work Pipeline

Module 5: Structural and Institutional Models for the Future of Work

5.1

The New Dilemma of Development

5.2

The Knowledge Economy and Its Future

5.3

Labor and Capital

5.4

Finance and the Real Economy

5.5

The Capable Agent: Education

Module 6: Future of Jobs and Work

6.1

Automation, Work and Wellbeing: Lessons from History

6.2

The Political Economy of Automation

6.3

Skills and the Jobs of the Future: Implications for Education and Training

6.4

Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work

6.5

Challenge and Opportunities for Stable Inclusive Societies

Module 7: Special Module in Partnership with the ILO: Achieving SDG 8 and Realizing Decent Work for All

7.1

Promoting Full and Productive Employment

7.2

A Transformative Agenda for Gender Equality at Work

7.3

International Labour Standards

7.4

Labor Market Governance and Social Dialogue in the Face of Rapid Changes

7.5

Policies to Realize the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work

7.6

Universal, Adequate and Comprehensive Social Protection

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