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Course Date: 02 September 2014 to 09 December 2014 (14 weeks)
"The Age of Sustainable Development" gives students an understanding of the key challenges and pathways to sustainable development - that is, economic development that is also socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable. NOTE: Course will launch at noon on September 2, 2014.
Estimated Workload: 5-7 hours/week
Jeffrey D. Sachs is a world-renowned economics professor, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist. Professor Sachs serves as the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals, and held the same position under former Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He is Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, as well as co-founder and director of the Millennium Villages Project. Sachs is also one of the Secretary-General’s MDG Advocates, and a Commissioner of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Development. Professor Sachs is widely considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on sustainable economic development and the fight against poverty. His work on ending poverty, promoting economic growth, fighting hunger and disease, and promoting sustainable environmental practices, has taken him to more than 125 countries with more than 90 percent of the world’s population. For more than a quarter century he has advised dozens of heads of state and governments on economic strategy, in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. He has authored three New York Times bestsellers in the past 7 years: The End of Poverty, Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet, and The Price of Civilization. His most recent book is To Move the World: JFK’s Quest for Peace.
Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.
A stronger internet connection will be helpful but we will try to ensure materials are available for slower bandwidths as well. No other computer programs are necessary.
The course is open to all and is accessible to students without prior background in the topics; you do not need an economics background.
No. While we encourage any professors to incorporate this material into their own courses, you cannot take this course on its own for Columbia University credit.
Since this course is a massive open online course (MOOC), we will not be able to respond to each individual question. We will be answering questions and holding discussion through two forums:
1) Course discussion forums: Please check the discussion forums frequently to ask questions and hold discussions with the course staff, including Professor Sachs, and with your fellow students. The boards will include discussions of the weekly material and quizzes; and on the “join the conversation” board we will be posting weekly questions and prompts, and discussing relevant current events.
2) Google Hangouts: Each week the course staff will hold 4 google hangouts to answer student questions and discuss relevant topics – anyone will be able to participate and submit their questions. The times of these hangouts will vary in order to accommodate as many students as possible; however, if you have to miss a hangout, you will be able to watch the video at a later time. The hangouts will be conducted in English, Spanish, French, Chinese, and Hindi. Professor Sachs will be holding hangouts approximately every 2 weeks. All hangout times will be announced in advanced.
Meetups: Many students in the Coursera community organize in-person meetups to discuss the class. Interested students can find each other on the "Join a Meetup" tab.
Weekly Materials Provided
“The Age of Sustainable Development” will run for 14 weeks, beginning on September 2, 2014. New materials will be posted every Tuesday. Once a week’s material has been posted, it will stay up for the duration of the course.
The weekly lecture materials provided will be:
1) Course videos: Each week’s lecture will have 5 video “chapters,” posted under “Video Lectures.” The videos will contain 2-3 in-line questions, which are multiple choice questions that pop up during the video.
2) Assigned reading: Each week there will be assigned reading materials, all of which will be free links. The readings will include accompanying course material written by Prof. Sachs, which will also go up weekly.
1) There are 14 quizzes (10-15 questions long) that correspond to the 14 weekly lecture topics. Each week, a new quiz will be posted under the “Quizzes” tab. All quizzes are due within 3 weeks of the posting date, and each quiz can be taken up to 10 times.
2) Each video will have an in-line quiz (2-3 multiple choice questions) that is not counted for a grade.
3) In the last week of the course, one final assignment will be available that covers all the course material.
The best 13 out of 14 quizzes will account for 60% of the final grade. The final assignment accounts for 40% of the final grade. In-line video questions are not included in the grade calculations.
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