Online Course in Sustainability

Best Online Courses in Sustainability 2017

Sustainability

Courses are individual units of study that can be taken singly or as a series of classes concentrated in a specific area of study. Individual classes can vary in length, cost, and number of sessions per week.

Those interested in pursuing an advanced degree in sustainability will learn about relevant topics, including the science and politics of climate change, development, poverty, and the social responsibility of larger corporations. Most programs are at least two years in length.

Online Course in Sustainability

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Course in Environmental Challenges: Human Impact in the Natural Environment

FutureLearn
Online Part time 2 weeks November 2017 United Kingdom UK Online

Complex patterns in ecology are not always causal and predictable. Populations have their own dynamics that can be independent of external environmental conditions. [+]

Top Online Courses in Sustainability. This course is part of the Environmental Challenges program, which will enable you to explore how people and nature interact, and earn 10 credits from the University of Leeds. Complex patterns in ecology are not always causal and predictable. Populations have their own dynamics that can be independent of external environmental conditions. In this course we look at the way that natural systems are organised; although living systems are complex, there are also some fairly constant patterns and relationships. This course explores three approaches to the causality and dynamics of environmental systems, and how humans are involved and affected by these systems world-wide. It also includes an introduction to correlation and the limitations of statistical testing. What topics will you cover? Understand the concept of causal relationships and how climate can determine vegetation type. Appreciate the difference between the climax concept of vegetation succession and the individualistic concept. Recognise that biodiversity is not distributed evenly over the Earth, but is clustered into centres of diversity. Understand that many individual interactions can lead to apparently chaotic fluctuations. Gain an awareness of the 1/f power function and how it can be used to transform apparently random fluctuations into a straight line. Introduction to the classic Nicholson’s blow fly experiment that demonstrates density-dependent population dynamics. Understand that climate-driven events in human history, such as those of the Greenland Vikings and Mexican Mayans, were significantly influenced by social factors. Recognise that there are established physical relationships in nature such... [-]

Introduction Course to Designing for Sustainability

Gaia Education
Online Part time 12 - 15 hours Open Enrollment United Kingdom Forres

Global experts advise in order to stir humanity towards sustainability we need to re-design everything, from our homes to our food, energy, transport and economic systems. This transformation needs to occur on a grand scale, and take into consideration people, planet, and livelihoods to arrive at a holistic balance as we humbly endeavour to redesign human presence on Earth. [+]

WELCOME to the Gaia Education's Designing for Sustainability: Introducing the Big Picture of Co-Creating a Thriving Future. Global experts advise in order to stir humanity towards sustainability we need to re-design everything, from our homes to our food, energy, transport and economic systems. This transformation needs to occur on a grand scale, and take into consideration people, planet, and livelihoods to arrive at a holistic balance as we humbly endeavour to redesign human presence on Earth. So, what does it mean to re-design everything? Rooted in Gaia Education’s over 10 years of international experience in community design education and sustainable systems thinking, we offer you this short course that highlights what is possible, what is being done, and what remains to be done to transform society while addressing the most pressing issues of our times. Designing for Sustainability invites a cross-generational process of critical thinking, the exploration of innovative solutions and social entrepreneurship, and is inspired by what Thich Nhat Hanh has called “interbeing” - the connection we all share with all living things. Using examples from ecovillages and sustainable communities from around the world, this course will introduce you to people who are creating communities that tread more lightly on the planet and do so in a way that recognises the power of collaboration, the promise of regenerative systems, and the value of diversity. You will learn from the pioneers and visionaries who have dared to innovate and bring sustainability resilience, and systemic thinking to urban, rural, and traditional... [-]

Design for Sustainability Online Course - Ecological Dimension

Gaia Education
Online Full time Part time 8 weeks January 2018 United Kingdom Forres + 1 more

We are all designers, since our actions and inactions are responsible for shaping the world around us. If you are ready to become a conscious designer to create a better world for yourself and your community, then our unique Sky Programme is what you have been waiting for. [+]

Top Online Courses in Sustainability. We are all designers, since our actions and inactions are responsible for shaping the world around us. If you are ready to become a conscious designer to create a better world for yourself and your community, then our unique Sky Programme is what you have been waiting for. Ecological designers ensure that life-supporting natural functions are not only preserved but regenerated whenever possible. They work with Nature rather than against her. They understand that sustainable settlement design is the creation of self-reliant, self-maintaining, self-regenerating ‘living systems’ that can support thriving community life for all their inhabitants. They know that Ecological concerns are fundamental to the design and development of ecovillages and sustainable intentional communities as a whole. Learn to become an active change agent to design better homes for yourself and others. Commencing on the 2nd of January, this 8 week programme, with 80 hours of study time will equip you with the understanding and abilities to become a confident action taker within this crucial area. This Ecological Dimension can be taken as a stand alone programme or as the starting point for our more extensive Sky Programme. This will enable you to boost your credibility for ongoing work, while give you the option to continue with our 3 other Dimensions and Design Studio in our 10 month Sky programme to obtain a full certificate in Design for Sustainability. After completing this Dimension you will have the confidence and ability to start positioning yourself in... [-]