An Overview of MOOCs offered by United Nations Agencies (Part 3 of 3)

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. But Universities are not the only organisations offering these MOOCs. A growing number of UN agencies are developing MOOCs as a way of not only raising awareness about the issues that they focus on, but also training individuals around the world who are working on these sustainability issues and the SDG on the ground. Most of the courses are self-paced and available in multiple language. (Click here to read Part 1 which focused on UNWomen, World Bank and IMF or  Part 2 which focused on UNITAR, FAO, UNFMEA and UN.)

 

Most of the UN initiatives do not have their own online learning platforms and instead offer courses on various platforms and often in partnership with different organisations. This makes them a bit trickier to find so it is worth signing up for the newsletters of the initiatives you are most interested to get more up to date information.

For example, current courses offered by UNESCO include:

  • Inequalities in Latin America and the Caribbean: This course, which is also available in Spanish, addresses the current regional landscape of inequalities, warns of its dramatic consequences, and offers transformative strategies that can be designed to improve social policies and public management.
  • Climate Justice Lessons from the Global South: This course will deal with some of the key issues related to the ethical dimensions implied by climate change – learning especially from the problems faced as well as the resilience models formulated by the marginalized sectors of society or the so-called “Global South”.

 

United Nations University currently has a course in partnership with The Nature Conservancy that aims to build awareness of the importance of Mangroves to healthy ecosystems and human communities. This multi part course is designed to build expertise in mangrove biology, ecology, assessment, management, and restoration and is predominantly aimed at young academics, professionals, managers, and any other interested individuals, especially from developing countries

 

Specific UN initiatives also offer a range of e courses to help partners in the implementation of their frameworks. For example the UN-REDD Programme (UN Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) provides a range of 12 courses in English, French and Spanish that cover the topic of forests, carbon sequestration and climate change.

 

The UN Environment Programme’s Environment Academy usually offers online courses. At the moment they are offering:

  • From Source to Sea to Sustainability:This course will offer a holistic conceptual and practical approach to the issue of land based sources of pollution and their impacts, covering the scientific basics of nutrient cycling and pollution impacts, methodologies and assessment tools, financial mechanisms to protect our waters, policy and governance issues, as well as technologies for turning waste into resources.

 

Last but not least, the UN Global Compact offers some courses in collaboration with other partners including:

  • Ethical Cities: A course developed in collaboration with RMIT University and Future Learn, it introduces the notion of the ethical city and examines it from the perspective of ethical leadership, urban development and planning, ethical local business and engaged, ethical citizenry.
  • Human Rights and Business: This learning tool provides an introduction and overview to human rights for a business audience, developed in collaboration with UN Human Rights.

An Overview of MOOCs offered by United Nations Agencies (Part 2 of 3)

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. But Universities are not the only organisations offering these MOOCs. A growing number of UN agencies are developing MOOCs as a way of not only raising awareness about the issues that they focus on, but also training individuals around the world who are working on these sustainability issues and the SDG on the ground. Most of the courses are self-paced and available in multiple language. (Click here for Part 1 on UNWomen, World Bank and IMF – Part 3 will be posted next week).

UN CC: e-Learn offers free online climate change courses. Each course is developed in collaboration with different UN agencies depending on the specific topic. Courses are available in eight languages and are all self-paced and take approximately an hour to complete. Courses include:

  • Human Health and Climate Change: This course, in partnership with the World Health Organisation, provides an introduction to the health challenges, as well as the opportunities, that can by associated to climate change.
  • Cities and Climate Change: This course, developed in collaboration with UN-Habitat, focuses on climate change in urban areas, covering how cities are affected by climate change, how they contribute to it, as well as how they plan for it.It contains one module which takes around 2 hours to complete.
  • Introductory e-Course on Climate Change: This course, developed in collaboration with UNITAR, provides “everything you need to know” about the basics of climate change, from climate change science to governance.
  • Children and Climate Change: This course, developed in collaboration with UNICEF, presents how children and youth can be impacted by climate change, how their resilience to climate change can be strengthened, and how they can act on climate change.

 

AGORA is UNICEF’s global hub for learning and development. Courses are available in six language including Chinese, French, Arabic and Portuguese. You need to sign up in order to view the courses but there are dozens covering the whole range of focus areas that UNICEF covers including

  • Child Rights and Why They Matter: This short course will transform and/or refresh your understanding of child rights and a child rights approach, introduce you to UNICEF’s mandate as it relates to child rights, and inspire you to apply a child rights lens to your everyday work and life.
  • Performance Assessment at UNICEF: How should we assess individual performance? And when should we assess individual performance? In order to increase our impact as a results-based organization, we need to apply a consistent approach to individual performance assessment. This course aims to help you understand how and when to effectively assess individual performance at UNICEF.
  • Introduction to Ethics in Evidence Generation: In this course, you will explore the importance of Ethical Evidence Generation at UNICEF, the principles and requirements of the UNICEF Procedure for Ethical Standards in Research, Evaluations and Data Collection and Analysis and how this applies to the work that is undertaken across the organization.

UNICEF also provides MOOCs in collaboration with Universities and available on commonly used MOOC platforms. For example Social Norms, Social Change is a 2 part courses developed in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania that looks at 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. The course teaches how to measure social norms and the expectations that support them, and how to decide whether they cause specific behaviours.

 

InforMEA.leaning is part of the United Nations information portal on multilateral environmental agreements. It has a range of courses on agreements relating to biological diversity, chemicals and waste, climate, international law, and oceans and freshwater. Courses include:

 

UNITAR offers a range of free courses including

  • Conflict Analysis: This one-day course looks at conflict including what it is, sources of conflict, complexities of conflict, evolution and the different actors involved.
  • Human Rights and the Environment: This 3 hour self-paced course provides a general introduction to the relationship between human rights and the environment including procedural and substantive obligations relating to the environment.
  • Mainstreaming the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: This course provides an in-depth and wide ranging guidance on how to mainstream the 2030 Agenda into national strategies and policies with case studies.

 

The FAO E-learning Centre has a range of courses including a demo class if you want to test out their format. The catalogue is extensive and includes courses on the SDGs that the FAO is focused on (in particular SDG 2 Zero Hunger) including:

An Overview of MOOCs offered by United Nations Agencies (part 1 of 3)

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. But Universities are not the only organisations offering these MOOCs. A growing number of UN agencies are developing MOOCs as a way of not only raising awareness about the issues that they focus on, but also training individuals around the world who are working on these sustainability issues and the SDG on the ground. Most of the courses are self-paced and available in multiple languages. (Part 2 will be posted next week)

 

The UN Women Training Centre offers a range of courses in English, Spanish, French and Arabic, all free of charge. Courses are either self-paced, have fixed set dates and many of them can be customized for specific audiences. Many of the courses focus in on Sustainable Development Goal
5 on Gender Equality as well as Gender issues which are an important part across all of the SDGs. The self-paced courses take approximately 50 minutes to complete and current courses include:

  • Women’s Leadership and Decision Making: This course provides an introduction to the concepts, international framework, and methods for working toward gender equality and women’s empowerment. It also offers users the opportunity to make links between gender and specific thematic areas such as work; education; political participation; emergencies; peace and security; sexual and reproductive health; sexual and gender diversity and human rights; and violence against women.
  • Gender Equality in the World of Work: This course provides an introduction to the concepts, international framework, and methods for working toward gender equality and women’s empowerment. It also offers users the opportunity to make links between gender and specific thematic areas such as work; education; political participation; emergencies; peace and security; sexual and reproductive health; sexual and gender diversity and human rights; and violence against women.

 

The World Bank Open Learning Campus aims to provide learning that will build the leadership and technical capabilities of all development stakeholders-partners, practioners, policy makers, staff and the public. It offers a range of courses, also in several languages. You can choose from courses that are facilitated online or self paced. Courses include:

  • Introduction to the Global Environment Facility: This e-course provides an overview of the GEF, a unique international organization that is dedicated to safeguarding the global environment.
  • Introduction to the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Framework for External Audiences: This self paced courses provides an overview of the Bank’s Environmental and Social Framework which sets out the mandatory requirements for the World Bank and for Borrowers to address environmental and social risks and impacts in investment projects.
  • Fundamentals of Disaster Risk Finance: This course looks at how governments have to make difficult trade-offs in the aftermath of a disaster. Gain key insights into a range of innovative Disaster Risk Finance (DRF) projects across the globe.
  • Basics of Health Economics: Health economics play an important role in making health systems more effective, efficient, and equitable. This e-Learning course provides the foundations for participants to better understand health economics and its potential contribution to decision making in the health sector.
  • Greenhouse Gas Accounting 101: Accounting for GHG emissions allows the World Bank and its clients to estimate the impact of projects on GHG emissions early in the project cycle. This knowledge can help task teams and client countries mainstream climate change mitigation action in the project design, and thus is a key step in managing and reducing GHG emissions in a cost-effective manner.

 

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) provides its courses on IMFx again free of charge and available in several languages. Its courses focus on financial stability, international trade and sustainable economic growth. Current offerings include:

  • Debt Sustainability Analysis: This course explores what tools can be used to assess debt sustainability and how countries can effectively manage their sovereign debt with a range of hands on exercises and theories.
  • Financial Programming and Policies: Available in English, French, Spanish and Russian, this course looks at the macroeconomic accounts, their interrelationship, and the analysis of economic development.

A Selection of MOOCs on Sustainability and Ethics for January 2018 (Part 2 of 2)

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 January 2018, listed by topic, from PRME as well as some non-signatory schools. Click here to view Part 1.

Human Rights and Development: This course explores the topic of development based on human rights and social justice perspectives It looks at the ideology behind international aid programmes and looks at development from both Indigenous and African perspectives. Curtin University – starts April 2 2018.

Human Rights Activism, Advocacy and Change: This course explores the role of social movements, advocacy groups and activism in bringing about social change. Curtin University – starts February 5 2018.

International Human Rights Law: This course explores how an individual’s human rights are protected from both public and private power by international laws. UCL – starts February 1 2018.

Cities The Past, Present and Future of Urban Life: This course explores what makes cities energising, amazing, challenging and perhaps humanity’s greatest invention. Harvard University – starts February 15.

Greening the Economy Sustainable Cities: This course explores sustainable cities as engines for greening the economy. It places cities in the context of sustainable urban transformation and climate change. Lund University – starts January 15 2018.

Re-Enchanting the City-Designing the Human Habitat: This course is an introduction to the interdisciplinary nature of city making. It will use the example of central Park in Sydney to explore the interdependencies of the professionals at play: urban design, architecture, construction management, planning, landscape, interior design etc. UNSW – starts

Sustainable Fashion: This course explores the fashion industry which is valued at more than $4 trillion USD and employs over 60 million people. It is also the second most polluting industry in the world. Fordham Gabelli School of Business – available now.

Chocolate and Sustainability: This course provides an overview of sustainability issues across the cocoa supply chain, from the farmers to the consumer. TCHO – available now.

Climate Change: This course explores how climate change will affect us, why we should care about it and what solutions we can employ. The course requires 2-4 hours of study per week depending on the student. Macquarie University – starts January 8th 2018.

Planning for Climate Change in African Cities: This course provides the foundation for understanding a city’s exposure and sensitivity to climate change and how cities manage these impacts in the face of growing uncertainty. Multiple stakeholders – Starts now.

Making Sense of Climate Science Denial: The course explores what the controversy and debate is around climate change denial and helps individuals respond to it. University of Queensland – starts January 9 2018.

Climate Change Mitigation in Developing Countries: This course challenges learners to consider how one might lift societies out of poverty while also mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. It explores the inherent complexity of developing country governments wanting to grow their economics in a climate friendly way. University of Cape Town – starts January 22 2017.

Climate Justice Lessons From the Global South: This course helps learners to understand how we can balance human needs with caring for the planet with a focus on the Global South. UNESCO – starts now.

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. University of Wollongong – starts January 8th 2018

 

Agriculture and the World We Live in: This course explores the world’s populations and the crucial role of agriculture in feeding the steadily increasing number of people. Massey University – starts January 8th 2018.

Discover Best Practice Farming for a Sustainable 2050: This course explores best practice farming for the future, how to start implementing these strategies now wile making sure it is still profitable. University of Western Australia – starts January 8 2018.

Ecosystem Services A Method for Sustainable Development: This course explore ecosystem services, a way of thinking about, and evaluating, the goods and services provided by nature that contribute to the well-being of humans. University of Geneva – starts January 8 2018.

Ethics and Law in Data Analytics: Analytics and AI are powerful tools that have real-world outcomes. Learn how to apply practical, ethical and legal constructs and scenarios so that you can be an effective analytics professional. Seattle University with Microsoft – starts January 1 2018.

Environmental Challenges Scarcity and Conflict in Natural Environment: This course explores war and conflict and how it can severely disrupt the governance of the environment with impacts on both people and the environment. University of Leeds – starts January 10 2018.

Power and Responsibility: Doing Philosophy with Superheroes: Superheros in movies and comics embrace truth and justice, peace rather than war and combat prejudice. This course uses superhoes as a way of interpreting key philosophical ideas – metaphysical and epistemology, social and political philosophy, ethics, philosophy of mind and much more. Smithsonian – starts January 16 2018.

The Science and Practice of Sustainable Development: This course explores the science and policies that drive sustainable development and how to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. University of Queensland – self paced.

Become a Sustainable Business Change Agent: This series of courses is for anyone who would like to improve how their company or organisation impacts the environment, people and communities. It will introduce them to some of the key concepts and tools of sustainable business and teach them how to be effective change agents. University of Colorado – starts January 1 2018.

Becoming a Changemaker Introduction to Social Innovation: This course is for anyone who is interested in making a difference. It explores the complex problems that surround us and how to start thinking about solutions. University of Cape Town – starts January 8 2018.

 

And a few extras…

 

Teaching Historical Inquiry with Objects: Through explanation, demonstration, and dynamic examples, the course offers teachers practical ideas for how to entice students to craft complex and incisive questions: think critically about primary and secondary sources, form and support their opinions with evidence and communicate their conclusions in ways that wil prepare them to be engaged citizens of the world. Although this course is aimed at high school teachers, many of the tools could be of use within some business school courses as a way of introducing sustainability concepts. Smithsonian – self paced.

Selling Ideas: How to Influence Others and Get your Message To Catch On: This course explores how you can use social media and word of mouth to spread your message. It also provides a step-by-step guide on how to get anything to catch on by looking at what makes ideas memorable and messages stick. Wharton – starts January 8 2018.

 

A Selection of MOOCs on Sustainability and Ethics for January 2018 (Part 1 of 2)

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 January 2018, listed by topic, from primarily PRME signatory schools.

Foundations of Development Policy: This course uses economic theory and data analysis to explore the economic lives of the poor, and the ways to design and implement effective development policy. MIT – starts February 6 2018.

The Challenges of Global Poverty: This course uses economics to understand some of the root causes behind underdevelopment and the constraints and trade-offs the poor face when making decisions. It also looks into anti-poverty strategies and policies. MIT – Starts February 6 2018.

What are the Sustainable Development Goals – This course provides a brief introduction to the Sustainable Development goals, what they are, how they came about, the goals and targets themselves as well as next steps and our role. Gowi – starts now.

 

Social Norms, Social Change: This course is on social norms, the rules that glue societies together. It teaches hot to diagnose social norms, and how to distinguish them from other social constructs, like customs or conventions. Unicef – starts January 1 2018.

 

Children’s Human Rights – An Interdisciplinary Introduction: This course combines law, psychology, sociology, history, educational and health sciences, economy and anthropology to explore critical issues concerning children’s rights. University of Geneva – starts January 8 2018.

 

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. Case Western Reserve University – starts January 8 2018.

Droi International de L’Eau Douce (course in French) – This course explores the laws that regulate and produce freshwater and the responsibilities of different stakeholders. University of Geneva – starts January 1 2018.

 

Sustainable Energy: This series of courses explores the complex nature of energy generation, distribution and supply and the challenges of transitioning to a sustainable energy future. University of Queensland – starts January 23 2018.

Energy Principles and Renewable Energy: This course provides an introduction to the language of energy, key scientific principles that underpin energy systems, future energy challenges and available renewable energy options. University of Queensland – starts January 23 2018.

Just Money: Banking as if Society Mattered: This course explores how banks can use capital as a tool to promote social and environmental wellbeing. MIT – starts March 7 2018.

Supply Chain Innovation: How Technology Can Create a Sustainable Future: This course looks at new technologies and how they can make supply chains more sustainable. It also explores global trends in global and supply chain innovation. University of Twente – starts now.

Debt Sustainability Analysis: What are the tools to access debt sustainability? How can countries effectively manage their sovereign debt? To answer these questions, this course combines theory with hands-on exercises. IMF – self paced.

From Corporate Social Responsibility to Corporate Social Innovation: Based on real-world experiences from business leaders, learn how to develop and lead social innovation initiatives that create both economic and social value. Babson – starts January 16 2018.

 

Part 2 will be posted tomorrow.

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.

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