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.

Ethics

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.

A Selection of MOOCs on Sustainability and Ethics for September 2017 (Part 1 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.

Strategy

Strategy and Sustainability – This course explores how all business must have a strategy to deal with sustainability and, like any strategy, this involves making choices by filtering out the noise and make them in a clear-eyed way. IESE Business School – Started August 28.

Managing Responsibility: Practicing Sustainability Responsibility and Ethics: This course explores the range of issues that managers are increasingly confronted with and how to deal competently with such challenges. University of Manchester – Starts September 4.

Supply Chain Innovation: How Technology Can Create a Sustainable Future – This course focuses on how new technologies can make supply chains more sustainable and learn how to deal with today’s trends. University of Twente – Enrol now.

The Science and Practice of Sustainable Development – This course introduces the origin and key concepts of sustainability and how to apply those to sustainable development practice. University of Queensland – Enrol anytime.

Making an Impact: Sustainability for Professionals – This course covers the basic definitions and history of sustainable development and sustainability in business – from a niche interest to the present day. University of Bath – Starts October 23.

Sustainability through Soccer: Systems-Thinking in Action – This course takes learners on a journey through a progression of systems-thinking and sustainability concepts using the game of soccer as an analogy. University of Virginia – Starts September 4.

Systems Thinking and Complexity – This course addresses the practical problems that arise in social systems in the context of management and public policy at local, regional and global levels. It is problem-oriented, providing you with both the theoretical understanding and practical tools, to find and implement solutions to organisational and social problems. UNESCO – Starts September 4.

Circular Economy An Introduction – This course explores the Circular economy: how business can create value by reusing and recycling products, how designers can come up with amazingly clever solutions and how you students can contribute to make the Circular Economy happen. TU Delft – Enrol anytime.

Environment, cities and climate change

Greening the Economy: Sustainable Cities – This course explores sustainable cities as engines for greening the economy. It connects to key trends in urbanisation, decarbonisation and sustainability. Lund University Starts September 11.

Ecodesign for Cities and Suburbs – This course describes specific solutions to the vexing urban challenges we all face and students can see how these ideas might be applied in their own areas. They focus on the conceptual framework of ecodesign, see real examples and come to understand the tools, processes and techniques for policy development and implementation. University of British Columbia – Enrol anytime.

Global Environmental Management – This course explores the best environmental technologies for a sustainable development and how they are managed in various settings around the world. Technical University of Denmark – Starts September 11.

Climate Change Mitigation in Developing Countries – This course challenges students to consider how one might lift societies out of poverty while also mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and explore the inherent complexity of developing country government wanting to grow their economies in a climate friendly way. University of Cape Town – Starts October 2.

Climate Change – This course explores how climate change will affect us, why we should care about it, and what solutions we can employ. Macquarie University – Starts September 11.

Elements of Renewable Energy – This course explores renewable energy using the four Greek elements as weekly themes: earth (renewable energy sources), air (wind power), fire (solar) and water (hydropower). The Open University – Starts September 11.

Landscape Restoration for Sustainable Development a Business Approach – This course looks at how integrated landscape management and large scale landscape restoration should be in every company’s business strategy in order to reach the Sustainable Development Goal on Land Degradation Neutrality. Erasmus University Rotterdam – Starts 18.

Water Resource Management and Policy –The course explores the main issues and strategies linked to water resource management and understand the many variables (environmental, institutional and political), which affect water and which, in terms of management, may require adjustment. Public University of Geneva – Started August 28.

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

screen-shot-2017-01-04-at-14-37-09Every 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 offered this Winter 2017, listed by topic, from PRME as well as some non-signatory schools. The first part focused on courses that relate to social and environmental issues. Here we focus on economic issues and how business specifically is embedding sustainability topics.

Economic Issues

Citizen Engagement A Game Changer for Development: This course explores citizen engagement and the role citizens can play in actively shaping public policy. Students will learn about cutting edge research and theories related to citizen engagement, and examples of ways citizens and governments are working together in new ways to improve their societies. From the World Bank Group – starts February 7.

Foundations of Development Policy: Advanced Development Economics: This course uses economic theory and data analysis, explore the economic lives of the poor, and the ways to design and implement effective development policy. From Massachusetts Institute of Technology – starts February 6.

From Poverty to Prosperity Understanding Economic Development: The course explores the role of government and the key political, social and economic processes that elevate any society from poverty to prosperity. From the University of Oxford – stats February 1.

Greening the Economy Sustainable Cities: This course explores sustainable cities as engines for greening the economy including sustainable urban transformation and the ways to effectively direct urban development toward ambitious sustainability and climate goals. From Lund University – starts January 9.

Subsistence Marketplace: This course explores unique synergies between pioneering research, teaching, and social initiatives through the Subsistence Marketplace Initiative. Unique to this approach is a bottom-up understanding of the intersection of poverty and the marketplace. From University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign – starts now.

Greening the Economy Lessons from Scandinavia: This course explores greening the economy on four levels – individual, business, city and nation including the relationships between these levels. From Lund University – starts January 9.

Business Specific

Communicating Corporate Social Responsibility: This course explores what corporate social responsibility is, what does it mean and what does it involve? Do stakeholders really care, and if they do, how should companies communicate with them? Universite Catholique de Louvain – starts February 6.

Strategy and Sustainability: This course explores the topic of business and sustainability focuses on filtering out the noise and making choices in a hard nosed and clear eyed way. From IESE – starts now.

Practicing Substantiality, Responsibility and Ethics: This course explores to process to engage in changing practices to make the more sustainable, responsible and ethical. It starts with exploring the trends of responsible management practices From University of Manchester – starts now.

Become a Social Entrepreneur: This course teaches students how to create societal impact through social entrepreneurship: the discovery and sustainable exploration of opportunities to create social change. It includes teamwork to explore a problematic issue and learn more about the source of the problem. Including creating a business plan. From Copenhagen Business School – starts January 2.

Social Impact Strategy Tools for Entrepreneurs and Innovators: This course offers an introduction to social impact strategy and social entrepreneurship, including key concepts, an overview of the field, and tools to get started as a changemaker. From University of Pennsylvania – starts now.

New Models of Business of Society: This course discusses the emergence of a new story about business which locates business within a social framework. It explores how almost every business creates or destroys value for customers, suppliers, employees, communities and society and how to create a business that makes money and makes the world a better place. From University of Virginia – starts now.

A Selection of MOOCs on Sustainability and Ethics for Winter 2017 (Part 1)

screen-shot-2017-01-04-at-14-37-09Every 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 offered this Winter 2017 from PRME as well as some non-signatory schools. The first part focused on courses that relate to social and environmental issues while the second part focuses on economic issues and how business specifically is embedding sustainability topics.

Social Issues

Principles of Designing for Humans: This course surveys theories and findings from the social sciences with special attention to how these concepts influence the way we design for human interaction. It will cover how people perceive and process information, motor capabilities and limitations, decision-making and problem solving, and how emotion and social factors impact user experience. From University of Michigan – starts January 17.

Top 10 Social Issues for the President’s First 100 Days: A collaborative learning project which taps into the knowledge and ideas of University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice faculty to examine the most pressing social justice issues facing the United States. Starts January 20.

Social Norms Social Change: This course explores social norms, the rules that glue societies together. It teaches how to diagnose social norms, and how to distinguish them from other social constructs, like customs or conventions. These distinctions are crucial for effective policy interventions aimed to create new, beneficial norms or eliminate harmful ones. From University of Pennsylvania and UNICEF – starts January 2.

Human Rights: This courses focuses on human rights as a multidisciplinary field from history to activism, development and more. From Curtin University – starts February 13.

International Human Rights Law: This course looks at how an individual’s human rights are protected from both public and private power by international laws. From Universite Catholique de Louvain – starts January 10.

Anthropology of Current World Issues: This course uses anthropological ideas to see the world from a range of perspectives and points of view. From The University of Queensland Australia – starts January 4.

Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education: This course explores how indigenous histories, perspectives, worldviews, and approaches to learning can be made part of the work done in classrooms, organisations, communities, and everyday experiences in ways that are thoughtful and respectful. From The University of British Columbia – starts January 24.

Readings in Global Health: This course explores the most pressing issues in global health through a series of reviews and interviews with leading experts. From Harvard University – starts January 23.

Education in a Changing World: This courses looks at education as a social institution charged with communicating the knowledge, skills and cultural values that society considers most important. It looks at how the aims of education have changed over time in response to changing and competing views and what is considered a ‘good society’ and ‘good person’ as well as changes that come from new understandings of a constantly changing world. From Open2Study – starts January 9.

Environmental Issues

Water in a Thirsty World: This course explores the journey of water – how it began, and its availability today in light of global warming and urbanization. It explores the natural environment is reaching a threshold and the impact that it has for us and for the water supplies that we rely on. Open Study – January 9.

Agriculture and the World We Live in: This course looks at the world’s population and the crucial role of agriculture in feeding the steadily increasing number of people. It focuses on how climate and soil dictates the types of farms we see in different regions and countries. From Massey University – starts January 9.

Global Environmental Management: This course explores the best environmental technologies for a sustainable development and how they are managed in various settings around the world. It covers global trends that influence our environment and the living conditions and how different management systems and approaches that are used around the world to management the environment. From Technical University of Denmark – starts January 2.

Contemporary Issues in Ocean Governance: This course considers the nature of how the world’s oceans are regulated. It will go through how ocean governance has evolved through time and how it actually works. From University of Wollongong – starts January 9.

Climate Change: This course explores how climate change will affect us, why we should care about it, and what solutions we can employ. From Macquarie University – starts January 9.

Our Energy Future: This course introduces students to the issues of energy in the 21st century – including food and fuels – which are inseparably linked – and will discuss energy production and utilisation from the biology, engineering, economics, climate sciences, and social science perspectives. From University of California San Diego – starts now.

A Selection of MOOCs on Sustainability/Ethics for Fall 2016 (Part 2)

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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 offered this Fall 2016, listed by topic, from PRME as well as some non-signatory schools. The first part focused on courses that relate to some of the Sustainable Development Goals. Here we look at MOOC focused on developing and leading sustainable organisations.

Development of Leadership Skills

Decision Making in a Complex and Uncertain World: This course explores how leaders can develop themselves to be able to act in a complex world and under uncertainty using a multidisciplinary approach. From University of Groningen – starts September 5.

Logical and Critical Thinking: This course loos at how to improve your logical and critical thinking skills including how to identify common obstacles to effective thinking. From University of Auckland – starts 26 September.

Influencing People: This course looks at how you can improve your ability to influence people in stations where you cannot use formal authority. From University of Michigan – started August 22.

Selling Ideas – How to influence others and Get your Message to Catch on: This course looks at how to use social media and word of mouth to spread your message and grow your business. From Wharton – starts October 24.

Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance: This course introduces students to mindfulness techniques to reduce stress and improve wellbeing and work/study performance. From Monash University – starts September 19.

Social Wellbeing: This course looks at how measuring and promoting wellbeing can make people, organisations and society more focused, considerate and effective. From The University of Edinburgh – starts September 26.

Designing the Future: This course explores contemporary design approaches that you can use to solve problems in the world around you. From RMIT University – starts October 17.

 

Developing Social Organisations

An Introduction to Public Leadership: This course explores what is distinctive about leadership in the public sphere, rather than senior executives in private sector, profit-making organisations. From The Open University – September 12.

Social Enterprise: Business Doing Good: This course explores different models of social enterprise and the local and global problems that they aim to address. From Middlesex University – starts September 26.

Social Enterprise – Turning Ideas into Action: This course looks at how you can turn your social enterprise ideas into action. From Middlesex University – starts October 24.

Make an Impact – Sustainability for Professionals: This course explores how to integrate a sustainable development strategy into your company. From University of Bath – starts October 10.

Social Norms, Social Change: This course looks at social norms, the rules that glue societies together, and how to diagnose, distinguish them and either create new ones or eliminate harmful ones. From University of Pennsylvania – started August 15.

 

Ethics

Academic Integrity – Values, Skills, Action: This course explores academic integrity and how you can demonstrate it in your work, study and research. From University of Auckland– starts October 3.

Unethical Decision Making in Organisations: This course looks at how strong organisational contexts push good people towards unethical decisions. From University of Lausanne – starts September 19.

Have we missed any? Email to be added to the list.

 

A Selection of MOOCs on Sustainability/Ethics for Fall 2016 (Part 1)

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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 offered this Fall 2016, listed by topic, from PRME as well as some non-signatory schools. The first part focuses on courses that relate to some of the Sustainable Development Goals.

1 No Poverty

Challenging Wealth and Income Inequalities: This course explores the concerns about rising generational and economic inequality in developed countries. From the Open University – starts October 3.

Hierarchy in Property Rights: This course looks at how language can help us to develop our relationship with nature and determine the rights of access and ownership. From University of Leeds – starts October 17.

Subsistence Marketplaces: This course looks at bottom-up understandings of the intersection of poverty and the marketplace. From University of Illinois – starts August 29.

2 Zero Hunger

Global Food Security: Addressing the Challenges: This course introduces the issue of food security, specifically how do we feed an extra two billion people by the middle of the century, with a focus on UK agriculture and on food supply chains in other parts of the world. From Lancaster University – starts August 29.

Agriculture and the World We Live in: This course looks at the world’s population and the crucial role of agriculture in feeding the steadily increasing number of people. From Massey University – started August 9.

3 Good Health and Well Being

Strategies for Successful Ageing: This course explores how we can stay happy, healthy, socially-connected and active as we age. From Trinity College Dublin – starts September 26.

Food as Medicine: This course explores the role of food in health and how to apply nutrition science to guide you on using food as medicine for you and your family. Monash University – starts October 24.

Identifying Food Fraud: This course provides an introduction to modern analytical science techniques and how they can be used to uncover food fraud. From University of East Anglia – starts October 24.

4 Quality Education

Education for All: Disability, Diversity and Inclusion: This course is about how inclusive education can work, especially where resources are limited. From University of Cape Town – starts September 19.

Teaching for Change: an African Philosophical Approach: This course explores teaching and learning in an African context and learn about cultivating pedagogical encounters in relation to Africa. From Stellenbosch University – starts September 19.

7 Affordable and Clean Energy

Elements of Renewable Energy: This course explores renewable energy using the four Greek elements as core theme – power derived from earth, from air, from fire and from water. From The Open University – starts September 5.

Fundamentals of Global Energy Business: This course looks at the diverse and integrated markets for primary energy, and the essential considerations driving business leaders and policy makers in development of global energy resources. From University of Colorado – started August 15.

Our Energy Future: This course introduces students to the issues of energy in the 21st century including food and fuels, as well as energy production and utilization. From University of California – starts September 5.

11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

Re-enchanting the City: Designing the Human Habitat: This course is an introduction to the interdisciplinary nature of city making looking at the interdependencies of the professions at play; urban design, architecture, construction management, planning, landscape architecture and design. UNSW Australia – starts September 5.

Smart Cities: This course explores the role of technology and data in cities and how these can be used to deal with challenges such as rapid urbanisation, climate change and inequality that cities are increasingly facing. From The Open University – starts September 26.

Indigenous Studies – Australia and New Zealand: This course looks at the distinctive stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia and Maori people in Antearoa New Zealand. From Massey University and University of Tasmania – started August 9th.

Designing Cities: This course looks at how cities have evolved, how shape a more sustainable city. From University of Pennsylvania – starts September 5.

Greening the Economy-Sustainable Cities: This course explores sustainable cities as engines for greening the economy. From Lund University – started August 8.

12 Responsible Consumption and Production

Making Sense of Health Evidence – The Informed Consumer: This course helps consumers to understand whether health evidence is likely to be reliable or not. From Cardiff University – starts September 26.

Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime: This course looks into the seedy underbelly of the art world, looking at smuggling, theft, fakes, and fraud. From University of Glasgow – starts October 3.

The E-Waste Challenge: This course looks at what e-waste is and why it is the challenge of our century and how we can turn this challenge into an opportunity. From UNEP and KU Leuven – starts September 1

13 Climate Action

Causes of Climate Change: This course provides the basis for understanding the underlying physical processes governing climate variation in the past, present and future – University of Bergen – starts September 5.

Climate Justice – Lessons from the Global South: This course builds an understanding for how we can balance human needs with caring for the planet. From UNESCO – starts November 14.

Climate Change: This course looks at the biggest global challenge the human race has ever faced, our insatiable demand for energy and how it is changing our atmosphere and our climate. From Macquarie University – started August 8.

Making Sense of Climate Science Denial: This course looks at the social and psychological drivers of climate science denial and how to effective debunk climate misinformation. From University of Queensland – started August 9.

14 Life Below Water

Exploring Our Oceans: This course explores the half of our world covered by deep ocean and how our lives affect the hidden face of our planet. From University of Southampton – starts October 10.

Contemporary Issues in Ocean Governance: This course considers the nature of how the world’s oceans are regulated, how this has evolved through time and how it actually works. From University of Wollongong – started August 8.

15 Life on Land

Environmental Challenges: Justice in Natural Resource Management: This course explores three basic principles when considering natural resource management: the principles of justice, transaction costs, and the problem of aggregating social preferences. From University of Leeds – starts September 5.

Introduction to Ecosystems: This course looks at the natural world, how the web of life works with illustrations from around the world. From The Open University – starts October 24.

16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Environmental Challenges: Rights and Values in Ecosystem Services: This course explores how differences in values can create conflict and how we can learn to manage our natural resources with integrity. From University of Leeds – starts September 5.

Ending Slavery – Strategies for Contemporary Global Abolition: This course looks at the 45.8 million slaves alive today and how we might achieve a slavery-free world. From University of Nottingham – starts October 17.

Corporate Lawyers – Ethics, Regulation and Purpose: This course explores the role and purpose of corporate lawyers, examining how they are regulated and the ethical challenges they face. From University of Birmingham – starts November 7.

17 Partnerships for the goals

Global Systems Science and Policy: This course looks at how Global System Science can inform and model the impact of social, economic, political and environmental policy making including citizen engagement. From UNESCO – starts September 5.

Earth Observation from Space: The Optical View: Discover how optical Earth observation data is gathered and used, for example, to monitor changes to our climate, and natural and build environment. From the European Space Agency – starts September 12.

Have we missed any? Email to be added to the list.

A Selection of MOOCs on Sustainability/Ethics for Summer 2016 (part 2)

haasEvery 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 offered this Summer 2016, listed by topic, from PRME signatory schools.

The following courses relate to the different Sustainable Development Goals:

Elements of Renewable Energy: This course explores renewable energy using the four Greek elements as weekly themes: Earth, Air (wind), Fire (solar) and Water (hydropower). From The Open University – starts September 5.

Climate Change: This course explores how climate change will affect us, why we should care about it, and what solutions we can employ. From Macquarie University – starts May 30.

Agriculture and the World We Live in: This course looks at the world’s population and the crucial role of agriculture in feeding the steadily increasing number of people. It also looks at how climate and soils dictate the types of farms we see in different regions and countries. From Massey University – starts May 30.

Climate Change Mitigation in Developing Countries: This course challenges you to consider how one might lift societies out of poverty while also mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. We explore the inherent complexity of developing country governments wanting to grow their economies in a climate friendly way. From University of Cape Town – starts now.

Innovating Solutions for Aging Populations: This course will introduce you to health care innovation within the theme of ‘healthy living and active aging,’ covering both the medical and the commercial aspects of innovations. This interdisciplinary course will present the key theories, tools, and concepts within health care innovation, and teach you to analyse and develop solutions to some of the great healthcare challenges of our time. From Copenhagen Business School – starts June 1.

Our Hungry Planet: Agriculture, People and Food Security: Food security is a complex, global issue, in which we all play a part. This course investigates our relationship with agriculture and your own food habits. It takes students on a journey around the world, from Europe to Africa to Asia, to find out more about the challenges of growing crops and managing livestock at the regional, national, community, and household level. From University of Reading – just started May 16.

The Right to Education: Breaking Down the Barriers: Does Education for All, mean all? What are the barriers to participating in education? How do you include “all” in the classroom. This course explores some answers to these questions and focuses on Sustainable Development Goal 4, which urges us to “ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.”From the University of Glasgow – starts June 6.

Indigenous Studies: Australia and New Zealand: This course builds the distinctive stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia and Maori people in Aotearoa, New Zealand over four modules. The aim is to provide students with an understanding of their past and present realities. From Massey University and the University of Tasmania – starts May 5.

A Selection of MOOCs on Sustainability/Ethics for Summer 2016 (part 1)

haasEvery 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 offered this Summer 2016, listed by topic, from PRME signatory schools.

Social Norms, Social Change: This is a course on social norms, the rules that glue societies together. It teaches how to diagnose social norms and how to distinguish them from other social constructs, like customs or conventions. These distinctions are crucial for effective policy interventions aimed to create new, beneficial norms or eliminate harmful ones. From University of Pennsylvania (joint with UNICEF) – starts June 20

How to Scale Social Impact: This course equips you with the knowledge necessary to scale your organisation’s impact and reach by setting your programmes apart from those of your peers. Through on the ground interviews with current nonprofit practitioners in India, Pakistan, and Kenya, you will learn how to design and implement effective programmes that are far reaching, replicable, and scalable. From Haas School of Business – starts May 31.

Ethical Leadership: Character, Civility, and Community: This course explores theoretical and practical elements of ethical leadership with an emphasis on leaders’ personal narratives within social historical contexts. Three specific areas of ethical leadership will be emphasized: morally-anchored character, transformative acts of civility, and a sense of community. From Boston University – starts May 24

Conversations that Inspire: Coaching, Learning, Leadership and Change: Coaching can inspire and motivate people to learn, change, and be effective leaders, among other roles in life. Although most attempts are “coaching for compliance,” decades of behavioral and neuroscience research show us that “coaching with compassion” is more effective. From Case Western Reserve University – starts June 1.

Women in Leadership: Inspiring Positive Change: This course aims to inspire and empower women and men across the world to engage in purposeful career development and take on leadership for important causes – to lead change with more conviction and confidence – and improve our workplaces and communities for all. From Case Western Reserve University – starts May 30.

International Human Rights: This course looks at international human rights law in comparative perspective: how the individual has been protected from both public and private power. From Universite Catholique de Louvain – starts June 15.

Communicating Corporate Social Responsibility: This course explores what corporate social responsibility is, how it works, and its true impacts. It will look at whether stakeholders care, and, if they do, how companies should communicate with them. From Universite Catholique de Louvain – starts June 9.

A Selection of MOOCs on Sustainability/Ethics for Spring 2016 (part 2)

MOOCs on sustainability

Every year there appears to be 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 offered this Spring 2016, listed by topic, from PRME signatory and non-signatory schools. These courses focus on urban development and environmental issues.

Urban development
Technological, Social, and Sustainable Systems: Explore how social, technological, and sustainable systems are interacting to create the modern world, and how you can use that knowledge to create a better one. From Arizona State University – started January 11, 2016.

Sustainable Urban Development: Learn why cities are key in resolving global urbanization and sustainability challenges, and how you can engineer tomorrow’s cities today. From TU Delft and Wageningen University – started January 31, 2016.

Greening the Economy: Sustainable Cities: How can we shape urban development towards sustainable and prosperous futures? This course will explore sustainable cities as engines for greening the economy. Lund University – Starts February 22, 2016

Designing Cities: This course explores all the different aspects of a city, ideas that shape cities, how to make cities sustainable, and creating visionary cities. From University of Pennsylvania – starts February 22 2016

Advertising and Society: Examines the relation of advertising to society, culture, history, and the economy using contemporary theories about visual communications to analyse the complex levels of meaning in both print advertisements and television commercials. From Duke University – started February 1, 2016

Greening the Economy: Lessons from Scandinavia: Explores greening the economy on four levels – individual, business, city and national, including the relationships between these levels. From Lund University– started February 8, 2016

Environmental Issues
Environmental Management: Social-Ecological Systems: Explores how we, as humans, impact nature and the environment. From University of Leeds – started February 8, 2016-02-05

Introduction to Ecosystems: Gain an understanding of the natural world and how the web of life works with illustrations from around the world. From The Open University – starts February 22, 2016

Elements of Renewable Energy: Learn how sustainable energy from the Green elements – Earth, Air, Fire and Water – can replace fossil fuels and nuclear power. From The Open University – starts March 14, 2016

Climate Change Challenges and Solutions: Aims to explain the science of climate change, the risks it poses, and the solutions available to reduce those risks. From University of Exeter – started January 25, 2016

Environmental Humanities Remaking Nature: Explores how the new environmental humanities field is shaping our understanding of environmental issues. From UNSW Australia – started January 11, 2016

Climate Change: Find out how climate change will affect us, why we should care about it, and what solutions we can employ. From Macquarie University – starts February 15 2016

A Selection of MOOCs on Sustainability/Ethics for Spring 2016 (part 1)

MOOCs on sustainability

 

Every year there appears to be 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 offered this Spring 2016, listed by topic, from PRME signatory and non-signatory schools. These courses focus on leadership, entrepreneurship, and international development.

Leadership
Ethical Leadership Character, Civility, and Community: Explore theoretical and practical elements of ethical leadership with an emphasis on leaders’ personal narratives within social historical contexts. From Boston University – starts March 15, 2016.

Managing Responsibly: Practicing Sustainability, Responsibility and Ethics: Work on your competence to solve tasks and problems related to sustainability, responsibility, and ethics. From University of Manchester – starts March 7, 2016

Communicating Corporate Social Responsibility: Understand the multidimensional nature of corporate social responsibility and recognise the risks of CSR washing, as well as the opportunities related to a strong CSR communication strategy. From Universite Catholique de Louvain – starts February 25, 2016

New Models of Business in Society: This course discusses the emergence of a new story about business, one that locates business within a societal framework. From University of Virginia – available now

Effective Altruism: Builds on the simple, yet unsettling, idea that living a fully ethical life involves doing the most good one can do. This course explores how altruism can be put into practice in your own life. From Princeton University – available now

Leadership in 21st Century Organizations: Explore your own personal leadership approach and how to avoid the slippery slope of ethical failures. From Copenhagen Business School – available now

Make an Impact: Sustainability for Professionals: Covers the basic definitions and history of sustainable development and sustainability in business – from a niche interest to the present day. From University of Bath – starts April 4, 2016

Entrepreneurship
How to Build a Sustainable Fashion Business: Learn what it takes to create a successful fashion business with a social or environmental ethos from leading entrepreneurs. From the Ethical Fashion Forum, the global industry body for sustainable fashion – available now

Changer le monde/Creer son entreprise sociale (French): Outlines how to turn your passion into a social or environmental enterprise. From ESSEC Business School – starts February 20, 2016

Social Entrepreneurship 101: Discovering Your Passion and Path to Change the World: Explores how to apply entrepreneurial skills to social problems and design lasting solutions. From Acumen – starts February 23, 2016

International Development
International Human Rights: Examine the sources of human rights, the rights of individuals, the duties of States, and the mechanisms of protection. From Universite Catholique de Louvain – starts February 29, 2016.

Global Health and Humanitarianism: Is humanitarianism an effective, justifiable and sustainable response to ill-health, inequality, injustice, and war? From University of Manchester – starts February 15, 2016.

Engaging Citizens: A Game Changer for Development?: What conditions are necessary for inclusive and effective citizen engagement? Can it positively improve people’s lives? This course provides an overview of citizen engagement, critically analysing how it can be leveraged most effectively to achieve development results. From The World Bank Group – started February 1, 2016

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