Class information

Provider Coursera logo
Institution Columbia University
Code N/A
Language English
Next session To be announced
Estimated workload 5-7 hours/week
Level N/A
Categories Economics & Finance
Health & Society
Physical & Earth Sciences
Education
Food & Nutrition
Social Sciences
Energy & Earth Sciences
Instructors Jeffrey Sachs

Sessions

Start date Duration
Past Sept. 9, 2014 14 weeks
Past Jan. 21, 2014 14 weeks

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Description

This course provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of sustainable development, drawing on the most recent developments in the social, policy, and physical sciences. Sustainable development is the most urgent challenge facing humanity. The fundamental question is how the world economy can continue to develop in a way that is socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable. The course describes the complex interactions between the world economy and the Earth's physical environment. Ecological processes and constraints (climate, disease ecology, physical resources such as soils and energy sources, topography and transport conditions) significantly shape the patterns of economic development, demography, and ...

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Prerequisites

The course is open to all interested students.

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