Introduction to Sustainability

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This course introduces the academic approach of Sustainability and explores how today’s human societies can endure in the face of global change, ecosystem degradation and resource limitations. The course focuses on key knowledge areas of sustainability theory and practice, including population, ecosystems, global change, energy, agriculture, water, environmental economics and policy, ethics, and cultural history.

This subject is of vital importance, seeking as it does to uncover the principles of the long-term welfare of all the peoples of the planet. As sustainability is a cross-disciplinary field of study, this foundation requires intellectual breadth: as I describe it in the class text, understanding our motivations requires the humanities, measuring the challenges of sustainability requires knowledge of the sciences (both natural and social), and building solutions requires technical insight into systems (such as provided by engi...
This course introduces the academic approach of Sustainability and explores how today’s human societies can endure in the face of global change, ecosystem degradation and resource limitations. The course focuses on key knowledge areas of sustainability theory and practice, including population, ecosystems, global change, energy, agriculture, water, environmental economics and policy, ethics, and cultural history.

This subject is of vital importance, seeking as it does to uncover the principles of the long-term welfare of all the peoples of the planet. As sustainability is a cross-disciplinary field of study, this foundation requires intellectual breadth: as I describe it in the class text, understanding our motivations requires the humanities, measuring the challenges of sustainability requires knowledge of the sciences (both natural and social), and building solutions requires technical insight into systems (such as provided by engineering, planning, and management).
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9/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 3 months ago
Great and interesting course, wonderful lecture videos. Goes rather in-depth for an introductory course. Optional discussion assignments for extra credit take some time, but are well worth the effort from a learning perspective (less so for the extra credit)
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5 years, 5 months ago
The course was great, but the quizzes were time-consuming as you had to watch extra videos or read extra articles in order to answer the questions. Anyway the videos were engaging.
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6 years, 1 month ago
Everyone should take this course, or a course like it. I found the ideas in this course incredibly enlightening to my understanding of the environment and our place in it. There were so many new ideas in this course, it's pretty amazing. Tragedy of the commons, Malthusian collapse, demographic transitions, insolation and weather vs. climate systems, energy conservation/displacement, virtual water, agricultural water efficiency/contamination/limits, types of environmental policies throughout the world and their impacts, etc. However, the lecturer can often be biased, making many prescriptive assertions; the video background pictures can often cause a strain because they're not distinguished enough from the lecturer; some of the quiz questions can be poorly worded; and last, but not least, is the overcomplicated way in which the course is organized. Otherwise, it's a very insightful course -- answering a lot of questions I had and prov... Everyone should take this course, or a course like it. I found the ideas in this course incredibly enlightening to my understanding of the environment and our place in it. There were so many new ideas in this course, it's pretty amazing. Tragedy of the commons, Malthusian collapse, demographic transitions, insolation and weather vs. climate systems, energy conservation/displacement, virtual water, agricultural water efficiency/contamination/limits, types of environmental policies throughout the world and their impacts, etc. However, the lecturer can often be biased, making many prescriptive assertions; the video background pictures can often cause a strain because they're not distinguished enough from the lecturer; some of the quiz questions can be poorly worded; and last, but not least, is the overcomplicated way in which the course is organized. Otherwise, it's a very insightful course -- answering a lot of questions I had and providing insight into many I never knew about.
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1/10 starsCompleted
6 years ago
A Certificate of Completion was promised upon completion of the course, and hundreds of student would have earned one except that the professor didn't follow through. The course ended, weeks went by, and many threads were made. But the professor blew everyone off. So the hundreds of people who wanted to learn the material and have their investment validated had their time wasted. Don't take a course from this professor or from this school. F-
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9/10 starsCompleted
6 years ago
I rather enjoyed this course, it gave me an excellent look into the subject material, it was well organized, and the forums were always helpful.
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6 years ago
Decent course content and good materials. Tricky quizzes. No certificate or completion feedback at end of course.
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6 years ago
This was my first MOOC course, and a life changing. It set very high bar criteria of comparison. The course was well organized, the forum discussions were very interesting. The exams difficult and sometimes a bit confusing, but in the end the feeling of learning a subject that has always interested me and I never had the opportunity to study, were incredible. Especially opened to this new world of education on line. Since then I am completely hooked, became a continuous learner. I can´t thank enough professor Jonathan Tomkin and team for the tremendous effort.
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6 years, 1 month ago
A very academic overview on Sustainability e.g. how is the earth doing on water,energy,food and population. I was missing a personal perspective e.g. if I become vegetarian /installed solar panels on my house or simmilar what impact would it have.
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6 years, 3 months ago
Fantastic course. It was the first Coursera course for me and it set very high standards that I refer to when taking and assessing other courses. I liked the fact that there were various ways to complete the course. The quality of the videos was fantastic - clear voice, the professor was talking to us as if we were just next to him, in a lecture hall. I also loved the fact that the textbook could be downloaded to Kindle and read off-screen. As regards improvements, I believe that more consideration should be given as regards the forums badge - the information about the details came late. There is definitely a room for improvement as regards the forums - they are huge, fast and simply impossible to follow on a regular basis. Thank you, professor Tomkin, for a great and mind-opening course, I hope that there will be other courses here on Coursera that you will be conducting, as it was a real pleasure.
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8/10 starsCompleted
  • 14 reviews
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6 years, 6 months ago
Great course that deepens our understanding of the world that we are living in. The course textbook is freely downloadable at http://www.earth.illinois.edu/sustain/sustainability_text.html. This course covers broad topics such as population, ecosystems, extinction, climate change, energy, agriculture and water, environmental economics and policy, and ethics. To me, these do look crucial to every global citizen and I think I learned what I expected to learn from this course. I didn't give it 5 stars because of poor video editing: it shows the professor just too long instead of showing the slides.
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7/10 starsCompleted
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6 years, 7 months ago
I really liked that there were multiple methods of course completion, and badges for achieving different areas of success in the course. I thought the tests were way too hard though - it was often difficult to determine the right answer even though I had studied and read the matterials and watched the videos. I also really liked that there was a free textbook that could be downloaded to my Kindle. That was great. Interactivity between professor and students was limited to a few emails, but students were encouraged to get together and do projects and so forth. The discussion forums were lively.
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