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Sustainable Development in the 21st Century with Ban Ki-moon

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Yonsei University
2-4 hours (per week)
United Nations, Sustainable Development
7 Weeks


Sustainable Development in the 21st Century with Ban Ki-moon is an online course offered by the Institute for Global Engagement and Empowerment at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. The course is taught by Ban Ki-moon who served as the Secretary General of the United Nations from January 2007 to December 2016. As a result, the course provides a rare opportunity for students from all over the world to learn about sustainable development from a renowned expert in the field.

An introductory course, Sustainable Development in the 21st Century with Ban Ki-moon is open to anyone with an interest in sustainable development. The course is taught in English through a series of online videos. For the first six weeks of the 7-week course, students will spend 2 to 3 hours watching the videos and completing assigned readings. At the end of each module, students are required to complete a quiz to assess how well they have mastered the course material. During the seventh week of the course, students will complete a graded final project. Students who receive passing grades on the project and the quizzes will successfully pass the course.

The course begins with a look at the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and introduces students to the Sustainable Development Goals established by the U.N. Then, the course examines how the Sustainable Development Goals affect people, the planet, prosperity, peace and young people. Students will also learn how the Sustainable Development Goals are being implemented around the globe. A Verified Certificate of completion is available for a fee.

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