Birth of Modern Sustainability

Birth of Modern Sustainability

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What led to the birth of the concept of modern sustainability? How is sustainable development today different from the sustainable practices of the past? What was the role of Brundtland Commission in shaping the modern-day sustainability principles?

Course Description

After two world wars in rapid successions, powerful nations viewed global economic development as the solution to promote peace and harmony. However, the cost was high, and in this course, we will look at how the golden age of capitalism descended into global outrage and why there was an urgent demand for sustainable development.  

Learning Objectives

  • How did powerful nations deal with the aftermath of world war 2?  

  • What were the effects of the Golden Age of Capitalism on the world?  

  • Get introduced to the different books and movements that brought attention to the world of environmentalism  

  • How did the UN respond to global outrage on challenges associated with the environment, society and economic development? 

  • Learn how the Brundtland Commission coined and popularised the term ‘sustainable development’  


Faculty SLX

Technology and globalisation are creating rapid and complex transformations. Our vision is to help societies adapt to this fast change, and to do it sustainably. We believe that education is the key to improving the state of the world and responsible use of technology is the lever we can use to bring education to not just students, but everyone, everywhere. Based in Switzerland, we are well positioned to access a large network of partners and collaborators from academia, industry and government. Although we are headquartered in Switzerland, our mission is global: We seek to do our part in changing the way the world thinks of education, as not just a tool, but a way of enriching lives.
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