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Trinity College Dublin Free Online Course on Achieving Sustainable Development

Trinity College Dublin is offering free online course on Achieving Sustainable Development. Students will examine the ways in which development really can be sustainable, its impact on communities, and how it can make a difference to real lives.

In this four- week course, applicants will explore the challenges of sustainable development.

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Course At Glance

Length: 4 weeks
Effort: 4 hours/week
Subject: Achieving Sustainable Development
Institution: Trinity College Dublin and Future learn
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Available Now

Providers’ Details

Trinity College Dublin is Ireland’s leading university, ranked 1st in Ireland and 61st in the world (2013 QS World University rankings)

About This Course

Governments of the world have signed up to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a UN initiative for international development. They are targets for improving the world by 2030, including: health, environment, education, and security. But will they have an impact on the lives of people?

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English. Applicants can get a verified certificate.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and analyse some of the root causes of underdevelopment from a multidisciplinary perspective
  • Investigate case studies of sustainable development challenges including conflict resolution in Sri Lanka, HIV healthcare in Uganda, and sanitation in India.
  • Reflect on the challenges to achieving sustainable development
  • Discuss why and how violence and conflict hinder sustainable development
  • Explain why sanitation is key to sustainability and ensuring good health
  • Explore the challenges to achieving adequate healthcare for all
  • Measure the impact of development though a Ugandan case study
  • Discuss the challenges to achieving sustainable development through five key areas; peace, healthcare, water and sanitation, gender, and sustainable cities.


This course is for anyone interested in the future of our world, and how we can improve it. It might be of specific interest to students all over the world who are planning to live and work in developing countries, and to development stakeholders including people in NGOs, governments and communities.


Carol Newman
Professor in Economics at the Department of Economics, Trinity College Dublin and
Chair of the Trinity International Development Initiative (TIDI).

Gillian Wylie
Assistant Professor in International Peace Studies, Trinity College Dublin.

Laurence Gill
Professor in Environmental Engineering, Trinity College Dublin. My research interests involve studying the fate and transport of both air and water-borne pollutants in the natural & built environment.

Martina Hennessy
Associate Professor in Medical Education at Trinity College Dublin and Consultant in Pharmacology and Therapeutics at St. James’ Hospital in Dublin. I am also Lead Academic on the NOURISH Project.

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Sign Up At FutureLearn
  • Select a course and Join
  • Once a course has started, applicant will be able to access the course material
  • After the start date, students will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on My Courses page.
  • Applicants can buy, to show that they have completed a FutureLearn course.
  • On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)).

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