Leicester Uni explores how to make the world sustainable

The institution's online course, 'Concepts in Sustainable Development', is open for enrolment now

A new online course from the University of Leicester, available on the FutureLearn social learning platform, seeks to “unpick the complex global challenge that is sustainability and provide a deeper understanding of what it means to be a global citizen”. 

It has launched a new online short course entitled ‘Concepts in Sustainable Development: An Introduction to the Key Issues’ that will explore some of the area’s key issues with examples from around the world.The free six-week course, which is open to all, began on 15 January and is open for registration. 

‘The course will examine our resilience and prospects in the face of climate change and other global issues in sustainability, and ask: are we doomed?’ 

Professor Derek Raine, Emeritus Professor of Interdisciplinary Science at the University of Leicester, said: “To any scientist, the first step in finding a solution is to clearly understand the problem. We’re not going to present any simple solutions – there are none – but in this course, as a first step, we’re going to try to understand just why there are no simple solutions to the complex problem of sustainable development.” 

The course will study the conceptual foundations of sustainable development, and discuss key issues: the flow of energy and materials worldwide; social and political issues; wealth inequality; the impact of geography, history and culture on sustainability today; and the problems of collective action. 

Finally, it will examine our resilience and prospects in the face of climate change and other global issues in sustainability, and ask: are we doomed? 

Learners can join the course for free, or upgrade for £42 to receive additional benefits.