ECCI partners to deliver MOOC Debates
23 January 2014
The Age of Sustainable Development
ECCI is joining forces with a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) conducted by Prof Jeffrey Sachs and Columbia University and partnering with CIFAL Scotland to host weekly parallel debates in Edinburgh every Tuesday at 4-6pm for the duration of the 14 week course.
NB Participants must also be enrolled in the 14 week MOOC to attend the debates. - details below.
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 wealth and poverty.
At the same time, human activities (farming, land use, urbanization, demographic change, and energy use) change the physical environments, increasingly in dangerous ways. The course offers a broad overview of the key challenges and potential solutions to achieve sustainable development in the 21st century.
Those who successfully complete the course will receive a Columbia University Statement of Accomplishment.
The course is taught through weekly lecture videos, which are each week divided into five shorter "chapters." The videos are interactive and multi-media, and include video footage, photos, and animated graphs.
There will be a free, online text, as well as online readings and assignments posted for each lecture.
Professor Sachs will hold regular google hangout videochats with students (approximately biweekly), during which he will answer student questions.
All students will be able to watch the hangouts, and submit their questions for Prof. Sachs to answer.
Scottish Sustainability experts will facilitate the weekly dialogues starting on 28 January and happening every Tuesday from 4:00 to 6:00pm.