A Selection of MOOCs on Sustainability and Ethics for September 2017 (Part 2 of 2)

UNESCO Systems Thinking Course

Every year there is an increase in the number of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) available on sustainability topics. These courses are available for free online and open to anyone with an interest in the topic, lasting between three and fourteen weeks and taking three to eight hours per week to complete. Below is a selection of such courses starting in September 2017, listed by topic, from PRME as well as some non-signatory schools. Click here to read Part 1.

Social Impact

Becoming a change maker: Introduction to Social Innovation – This course is for students either in the field of social innovation, working for an organisation that wants to increase its social impact or just starting out. It explores the skills, tools and methodologies that will help. University of Cape Town – Starts September 18

Social Impact Strategy: This course offers an introduction to social impact strategy and social entrepreneurs, including key concepts, an overview of the fields, and tools to get started as a change maker. Students will learn how to innovate and design new ideas, and new organisation forms to implement those ideas. University of Pennsylvania – Starts September 4.

Become a Social Entrepreneur – In this series of courses students will learn how to create societal impact through Social Entrepreneurship. Students work in teams to study a problematic issue to learn more about the source of the problem and develop and idea and business plan around it. Copenhagen Business School – September 4.

Social Enterprise: Growing a Sustainable Business: This course is for anyone who wants to understand how to scale and sustain a social enterprise, how to evaluate and diagnose your current business model, identify your challenges and develop strategies to grow your social enterprise and evaluate its impact . Middlesex University London – Enrol now.

Development and Funding

Financing and Investing in Infrastructure – This course looks at how debt and equity can be used to finance infrastructure investments and how investors approach infrastructure investments. Bocconi – Starts September 4.

Financing for Development: Unlocking Investment Opportunities – This course introduces students to the critical role of the private sector and the use of finance, including innovative solutions to fund the Sustainable Development Goals, to help meet the World Bank Group goals of ending poverty and boosting shared prosperity by 2030. World Bank Group – Enrol anytime.

Development and Humanitarian Action – This course provides students with the analytical skills needed to understand the contexts of development and humanitarian programmes as well as practical skills to apply in the field. Deakin University – Enrol now.

Global Systems Science and Policy – This course explores the main elements of Global Systems Science and how it can inform and model the impact of social, economic, political and environmental policy making taking interdisciplinary approaches and engages citizens. UNESCO – September 4.

Subsistence Marketplaces – This course aims to help students develop an understanding of marketplace activity in the radically different context of subsistence where much of humanity resides and survives, and for them to design solutions that can be implemented by individuals, businesses, and social enterprises through economically, ecologically, and socially sustainable products for subsistence marketplaces. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – Started August 28.

Debt Sustainability Analysis – This course aims to provide a comprehensive overview of debt sustainability analysis and a medium-term debt management strategy framework adopted by the IMF and the World Bank. IMF – Starts October 2.

Gender and Development – This course explores the gendered dimensions of contemporary international and community development and ultimately learn how and why gender is so important. Deakin University – Enrol now.


Unethical Business Making in Organisations – This course explores how strong organisational contexts push good people towards unethical decisions and how to respond to these. University of Lausanne – Starts September 18.

People Studying People: Research Ethics in Society – In this course students will be supported in reflecting on the value of ethical thinking for research and discover an ethical appraisal framework that you can apply to empirical research projects in social science, arts, education and the humanities. University of Leicester – Starts September 18.

EU Ethics – This course covers the relationship of EU law and ethics, both in general, as well as in selected sensitive fields of affirmative action (non-discrimination), surrogacy (rent-a-womb and human dignity) and the current topic of migration. MCI Management Center Innsbruck – Starts November 20, 2017.

Ethical Social Media – This course explores online identify, social media communities and their users and the most common ethical debates relating to them. University of Sydney – Starts September 18.

Military Ethics: An Introduction – This course explores how military professionals are unusual in having the use of lethal force as a central, defining feature of their role, and unique in the level of force that they are authorised to use which places considerable ethical either on military practionners as well as the civilian decision makers who authorise their missions. UNSW Canberra – Starts October 9.

Human Rights – This course explores human rights ideas and practices at the local, national and international levels from a multi-displinary perspective including education, health, law, social work and development work in both the public and private sector. Curtin University – Enrol anytime.


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