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The Science and Practice of Sustainable Development

Learn the science & policies that drive sustainable development & how to achieve UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.


This 12 weeks course offered by the University of Queensland introduces the origin and key concepts of sustainability and how to apply those to sustainable development practice. The course requires a commitment of 8-10 hours per week and is targeting advanced learners from all around the world.

The course content is available for free, however, students who wish to obtain a verified certificate issued by the University of Queensland have to pay a fee. Financial aid is available for students who are not able to pay the fee. The course is taught entirely in English with English subtitles on the video material.

Sustainable development will be explored through theories and case studies from a range of Disciplines. The course content covers several pressing human rights issues such as extreme poverty, gender equality, environmental and human health and human rights related issues such as climate change and biodiversity.

This course will attempt to provide key content knowledge to bridge the science and the practice of the application and enhancement of sustainable development. The course draws on contemporary examples from both The University of Queensland (UQ) and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) to address the world’s most urgent challenges, with emphasis on the linkages between science and policy.

SDG Academy
6-10 hours (per week)
Sustainable Development
12 Weeks