The Post Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Development is an internationally recognized training qualification that focuses on economic development with a focus on avoiding depleting natural resources. The concept of sustainable development arises from a worldview that sees the survival, progress, and continued maintenance of the human community as dependent on the continued health and viability of the earth’s life support systems. Sustainable development implies processes of fundamental change in our social system and institutions. The thrust of this change relates to addressing the challenges embedded in the new global awareness that the earth is finite, and all of the planet’s life support systems – including social and economic systems – are globally interconnected and interdependent.
Module 1. Introduction to Sustainable Development
Concepts and Components of Sustainable development
Introduction to economic growth
Environmental threats caused by economic development
Pathways in sustainable development
Module 2. Sustainable Development goals
The Sustainable Development goals
Sustainable goals: Process or end result
Education and Sustainable Development
Role of Technology in Sustainable Development
Module 3. Dimensions of Sustainable Development
Climate Change Adaptation
Linking climate change mitigation research to sustainable development
Sustainable Development of Water Resources
Sustainable cities and local sustainability
Corporate Social Responsibility, sustainability, and governance of business
Module 4. Government and Civil Society
What is the role of government?
National Strategies: putting sustainable development to work
Citizens and Civil Society
Module 5. The three pillars of sustainability: Economic, environment, and Social
Social, economic, and environmental impacts
Crises and solutions
The UN economic, environmental and social sustainability framework
Future Perspectives on sustainability
Module 6. Measuring sustainability
What should we count and when?
The global dimension
What constitutes the good life?
Measuring the wealth of nations
Module 7. Energy and Sustainability
Sources of energy and their environmental impact
Bioenergy and hydroelectricity
Renewable energy sources
Module 8. Equity and Sustainable Development
Human rights, equality, equity, and fairness.
Human well-being and vulnerability
Environmental justice and sustainability
Vulnerability, poverty, and sustaining well being
Ethics and sustainable development
Module 9. Way forward to achieving Sustainable Development
The sustainable development goals
New development trajectory
Enhancing income growth and income distribution
Addressing Gender-Based Violence to pave way for gender equality
Addressing youth unemployment
Policy options for sustainable and inclusive growth
Participants will be required to submit 10 assignments, a research paper, and one final examination for the period of 12 months to demonstrate their understanding of the course content. Assignments account for 60%, research paper accounts for 30% while Examination accounts for 10% of the marks.
Upon successful completion of the course, the participant will receive a Post Graduate Certificate of Merit and a transcript.