The UN Sustainable Development Goals: an Interdisciplinary Academic Introduction
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, which were adopted in 2015, will determine the course of the global social, ecological and economic agenda until 2030.
Information about the different SDGs is abundantly available but a comprehensive framework that brings them all together coherently is often lacking. This course provides a general and accessible academic introduction to SDGs in all its facets.
A highly interdisciplinary team of experts will offer their insight into the intricacies of the matter, while practitioners in the domain of the SDGs are closely engaged in the discussion.
Upcoming start dates
- Self-paced Online
Who should attend?
Secondary school education
The origin, development and idea of the SDGs
History and origins of the Sustainable Development Goals. What are the SDGs? What are their aims, methodology and perspectives? How are they related to the Millennium Development Goals?
SDGs and Society: Ensuring resilience and primary needs in society
In-depth discussion and analysis of goals related to poverty, hunger, health & well-being and education
SDGs and Society: Strengthening Institutions for Sustainability
In-depth discussion and analysis of goals related to gender equality, affordable and clean energy, sustainable cities & communities, and peace, justice & strong institutions
SDGs and the Economy: Shaping a Sustainable Economy
In-depth discussion and analysis of goals related to work & economic growth, industry, innovation & infrastructure, inequalities, responsible production & consumption
SDGs and the Biosphere: Development within Planetary Boundaries
In-depth discussion and analysis of goals related to clean water, climate, life below water and life on land
Realizing the SDGs: Implementation through Global Partnerships
In-depth discussion and analysis of SDG 17 which aims to implement the SDGs through partnerships, finance, technology and the development of coherence between policies
Course delivery details
This course is offered through KU Leuven, a partner institute of EdX.
3-5 hours per week
- Verified Track -$49
- Audit Track - Free
Certification / Credits
What you'll learn
- Understand the emergence and development of the SDGs
- Understand how the different SDGs are interrelated
- Understand the structure of the SDGs in the United Nations context
- Acquire an understanding of how the SDGs relate to addressing global challenges such as inequality, climate change, poverty, unsustainable consumption and production, and peace and security
- Acquire scientifically informed and evidence-based information about the background and reality of each SDG
- Understand the complexities of the 169 individual targets that are part of the 17 SDGs
- Reflect on the challenges with which the SDGs are confronted
- Recognize the mutual interdependence between social, ecological and economic objectives of the SDG agenda
- Acquire an understanding of the institutional infrastructure in place that aims to realize SDG goals
- Understand how the SDGs are implemented
- Learn from practitioners what the difficulties are in achieving the SDGs
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