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Introduction to Sustainability

This course introduces the academic approach of Sustainability and explores how today’s human societies can endure in the face of global change, ecosystem degradation and resource limitations. The course focuses on key knowledge areas of sustainability theory and practice, including population, ecosystems, global change, energy, agriculture, water, environmental economics and policy, ethics, and cultural history. This subject is of vital importance, seeking as it does to uncover the principles of the long-term welfare of all the peoples of the planet. As sustainability is a cross-disciplinary field of study, this foundation requires intellectual breadth: as I describe it in the class text, understanding our motivations requires the humanities, measuring the challenges of sustainability requires knowledge of the sciences (both natural and social), and building solutions requires technical insight into systems (such as provided by engineering, planning, and management).

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Rating 4.6 based on 159 ratings
Length 9 weeks
Effort 8-10 hours/week
Starts Jun 17 (5 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via Coursera
Instructor Dr. Jonathan Tomkin
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Language English
Subjects Engineering Social Sciences Science
Tags Physical Science And Engineering Environmental Science And Sustainability

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very interesting in 12 reviews

Very interesting!

A very interesting and complete MOOC regarding Sustainability, should be mandatory!

Great course, very interesting and explained in a very friendly and easy way.

The interactive assignments and homeworks are very interesting too!

I haven't finished yet, but it is very interesting and I'm learning a lot!

Very interesting....I strongly recommend it.

Estimulates Critical Thinking Great material, very interesting courses, I would highly recommend this course to anyone!

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jonathan tomkin in 7 reviews

Thankful to Dr.Jonathan Tomkins for the time and effort taken to put this together.

It provided a very interesting introduction to various diverse components of sustainability, and was taught - via the lectures by Dr Jonathan Tomkin - in a highly approachable and enjoyable way.

But it got me so engaged and interested that I finished it in 4 days.A Great thank you, Mr. Jonathan Tomkin As someone who, upon starting, did not know anything about this topic, I thoroughly enjoyed this course.

Thank you so much Dr. Jonathan Tomkin.

I would like to thank professor Jonathan Tomkin for teaching this wonderful course.

I can´t thank enough professor Jonathan Tomkin and team for the tremendous effort.

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well explained in 6 reviews

Complex subjects such as Malthusian thinking, Tragedy of the Commons, Milankovitch cycles, climate vs. weather, greenhouse gases, and many others were very well explained by Prof. Tomkin.

Amazing how things are well explained and detailed!

Very interesting course and well explained and organized.

Very complex concepts well explained by Dr Tomkin.

But it is very well structured and everything is very well explained.

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so much in 5 reviews

I learned so much and the course was the right place to start to learn about environmental policy and sustainability.

This course was a great intro to many different aspects of sustainability and I learned so much.

I learned so much about sustainability and feel that I now have the tools to be critical about media news pieces about the environment.

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lot from in 5 reviews

I was a bit reluctant to participate in the discussion forums at first (as this was my first MOOC), but once I did I learned a lot from it.

enjoyed this course very much and learned a lot from it.

I've learnt a lot thanks to this course Excellent introduction to the basic concepts of sustainability I have learned a lot from this course.

I learnt a lot from him.

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Rating 4.6 based on 159 ratings
Length 9 weeks
Effort 8-10 hours/week
Starts Jun 17 (5 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via Coursera
Instructor Dr. Jonathan Tomkin
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Engineering Social Sciences Science
Tags Physical Science And Engineering Environmental Science And Sustainability

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