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December 10, 2014 / societyforhumanecology

Planetary Boundaries & Human Opportunities MOOC

Stockholm Resilience Centre and Sustainable Development Solutions Network
launch online course
Planetary Boundaries and Human Opportunities –
taught by top sustainability scientists

 The Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) and Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) are getting ready for a November 17thlaunch of their MOOC (massive open online course) titled Planetary Boundaries and Human Opportunities: The Quest for a Safe and Just Operating Space. The MOOC will feature lectures from top sustainability scientists, such as Johan Rockström, and will run from November 17, 2014 to January 18, 2015.

The MOOC will contain eight different modules, covering key sustainability science topics, such as: the Anthropocene, social-ecological systems thinking, planetary boundaries, and resilience thinking. Participants will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the topics through quizzes and homework assignments. The MOOC is also designed to be as interactive as possible through online forum discussions with other students and teaching assistants, and a chance to ask the top scientists questions through scheduled video “hangouts.”

Centre Executive Director and Lead Instructor Professor Johan Rockström says; “This is a unique opportunity for anyone, located anywhere around the world to learn about state of the art thinking on global sustainability challenges and solutions. We are very excited by the opportunity to develop this course in partnership with SDSN.”

MOOCs are free for anyone with an internet connection, and allow for unlimited enrollment. Currently, we have approximately 3000 participants enrolled from about 50 different countries. The target enrollment number is 10 000 participants by the November 17th launch date.

SRC is an international research centre, which advances sustainability science for biosphere stewardship. The centre is a joint initiative between Stockholm University and The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. SDSN is a United Nations initiative that aims to mobilizes scientific and technical expertise from academia, civil society, and the private sector in support of sustainable development problem solving at local, national, and global scales. Both organizations are committed to developing a sustainable future.

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