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Course Information

University: Kathmandu University
Course: Ethics of Sustainable Development
Credit: Smart Certificate
Duration: Two Weeks

Online, live, and engaging. This isn’t your standard online class! Advance your global sustainability experience in just two weeks, from anywhere in the world.

    Join TGP’s online program experience: A two-week, engaging online certificate course. Discover the theories and practices of ethical, sustainable development around the world, with a special focus on developing countries.

    • Understand the cycles and persistence of poverty and inequality
    • Engage in provoking discussions in LIVE classes with a global cohort
    • Advance your career and gain job insights with TGP’s Smart Certificate, and more!
    Course Description

    This online course, “Ethics of Sustainable Development”, provides an introduction to the theories and practice of sustainable development with a special focus on developing countries. Development has been a contested concept and has had its share of controversies. The fact that poverty and inequality in many poor countries has not reduced significantly, in spite of significant international effort, has posed both conceptual and practical problems.

    The recent focus on sustainable development has been a result of alarming environmental and climate degradation, but also because of a conscious effort in advocating for this issue throughout the world. With the intention of teaching this topic from different perspectives and angles, this course will also analyze the critiques of sustainable development too. Students will gain knowledge analyzing various case studies of ethical, human sustainable development around the world.

    At the end of the course, students will apply their newfound knowledge to an entrepreneurial solution at the TGP Capstone Workshop, an agile version of TGP’s Capstone Project.

    Objectives and Outcomes

    The objective of this course is to discover theories of development, study human development indicators and strategies, and engage in provoking conversations around the intersections of ethics and human development with a diverse cohort of sustainability leaders. See below for the course outcomes.

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    Location: Remote, Online Program professor: Dr. Sagar Sharma Focus: Ethics of Sustainable Development

    Program Dates Now Enrolling:

    Nov 6-20, 2023


    Academic credits: Smart Certificate
    Length: Two weeks

    Program Fee:
    Single Pay: $975
    Payment Plan: $255/month for 5 months

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    Using machine learning with your block-chain certificate, we’ll connect the skills that you gained will with the jobs available right away. Also, gain access to TGP’s alumni network of over 3,200 sustainability leaders and career opportunities.
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    Whether you’re a university student, gap year student, recent graduate, or young professional, this course welcomes participants who are motivated to gain an introductory course to renewable energy no matter the stage of your profession.

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    Curriculum Highlights

    Gain global perspectives and learn from international faculty from Kathmandu University’s School of Development Studies in Nepal.

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    Course introduction Gain an introduction to the course and explore the questions: What is development? How and why is development contested? Why is there the need for sustainable development?
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    Introduction to sustainable developmentLearn about the drivers of inequality, environmental threats to humankind, and what happens if we continue operating “business as usual”?
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    Critiquing sustainable developmentThrough various literature reviews, practice critical thinking when analyzing and discussing the critiques of sustainable development.
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    Foundations of human & economic developmentDiscover the concepts, measures, and policies for the development paradigm, and the intersections of human and economic development.
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    Concepts of poverty & inequalityGain an understanding of the concept of human poverty, sustainable development and neo-liberalism paradigms. Why does poverty and inequalities persist?
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    Why Does Ethics Matter in Development?Using energy as a case-study, explore the ethical and moral aspects of energy use, distribution, carbon emissions, and carbon-trade.
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    Global Practices of Sustainable DevelopmentAnalyze and present global case studies of sustainable development: The good, the bad, and the ugly.
    Nepal: Dilemmas of a Developing CountryUsing Nepal as a case study, examine and understand the strategies and challenges of a developing nation.
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    Real-world Solutions: Capstone WorkshopApply your newfound knowledge to a real-world solution for sustainable development.
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    Course Outcomes

    Earn a Smart Certificate built for career impact

    Upon completion, you’ll receive a digital Smart Certificate as your certificate of completion.
    Boost your LinkedIn, see who’s hiring, and gain access to real job-insights and data. 

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    Accurate insights tied to real skills

    We take the guesswork out of the outcomes. Gain job insights that are tied directly to the skills & learning outcomes of the course.

    Your digital certificate uses block-chain and machine learning technology that will showcase each skill’s career value and connects you with real jobs that require those skills.

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    More metrics, more value

    Get even more insight into the job market by receiving salary ranges specific to your certification’s skills and which companies are interested in hiring the skills that your certification provides.Identify the employers that have the biggest demand for skills that you attained through your TGP course.

    Job insight data

    Your smart certificate will connect your credentials with real-time job data from around the world. The job data that our partners use is gathered from 65,000 global information sources; 143 gigs of raw data every day!

    Using machine learning and statistical insights we’re able to connect the skills that you gain with the jobs available today.


    Helping to improve impactful careers

    TGP’s smart certificates enables participants to explore the roles that are available to them once you complete the course.Real-time, open jobs are just a few clicks away from your certificate. We’re ready to start delivering career impact directly!

    Meet your professor

    Dr. Sagar Sharma is a professor and former Dean of The School of Arts and The School of Development Studies at Kathmandu University.

    Dr. Sharma has a PhD in Development Economics and specializes in teaching entrepreneurship and development, human dimensions of development, and Nepal’s plans and policies. Dr. Sharma’s area of expertise is in land reform, food security, migration, foreign aid, and development.


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    *Open to students and professionals of all disciplines. Must be at least 18 years old.

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