Monday, October 20, 2014

Call for Participation in Online Course on "Planetary Boundaries and Human Opportunities", by Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University

Online Course (MOOC) on "Planetary Boundaries and Human Opportunities: The Quest for Safe and Just Development on a Resilient Planet "

Offered by Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University

Start Date: November 17, 2014

Further Details:

Course Structure & Requirements
This eight-week course is structured around a series of pre-recorded lectures, readings, quizzes, activities and an interactive discussion forum. Each of these course components can be completed at a time that is convenient for the student. The material for each week is made available each Monday, and once the material has been opened, it remains open for the duration of the course. There will be no mandatory written assignments for the course but the course encourages active participation in the discussion forum.
In addition, Johan Rockström and invited guest researchers will hold 3 real-time Google Hangouts to encourage students to ask questions and engage directly with experts. These Hangouts will be announced 1-2 weeks in advance. As a guideline, in order for students to become part of the community, engage with the content and get the most out of the course, they should aim to spend approximately 6 hours per week.
All students who successfully complete the course requirements will receive a digital certificate of completion signed by Professor Rockström and a 'sustainable citizen' avatar badge. For those that are exceptional contributors to the course, special recognition and a limited number of prizes will be offered. While this course is not credit granting, we encourage students to work with their own institutions to explore the option of granting credit for online coursework. More details will be provided following the launch of the course.
Course Syllabus
Week 1: Introduction and the Big Picture
    Chapter 1: Introduction
    Chapter 2: The Big Picture
Week 2: Welcome to the Anthropocene
    Chapter 1: The Holocene and the Anthropocene
    Chapter 2: Visions of the Anthropocene
Week 3: Social-Ecological Systems and Resilience thinking
    Chapter 1: Social-Ecological Resilience
    Chapter 2: Understanding Complexity in a Turbulent World
Week 4: Planetary Boundaries Framework – Part 1
    Chapter 1: A New Framework for Human Development
    Chapter 2: The Big Three Boundaries: Processes with Global Scale Tipping Points
Week 5: Planetary Boundaries Framework – Part 2
    Chapter 1: The Four Slow Boundaries
    Chapter 2: Human-made Planetary Boundaries Processes
Week 6: Planetary Boundaries and Global Equity
    Chapter 1: Natural Resources and Interactions Between Boundaries
    Chapter 2: A Safe and Just Operating Space for Humanity
Week 7: Moving towards Global Sustainability within Biophysical and Social Boundaries
    Chapter 1: Global Governance
    Chapter 2: Promising Pathways to Success
Week 8: Conclusion
    Chapter 1: Science in the Anthropocene and the Sustainable Development Goals
    Chapter 2: Conclusions

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