Theories and Principles of Sustainability

Theories and Principles of Sustainability

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The episode explains the term “sustainability” and traces its roots back to pre-historic times, from Aztecs to ancient Indian literature. The various principles and theories around sustainable development and sustainable practices will also be discussed.

Course Description

Sustainable development has been practiced since pre-historic times, when people were only living as hunter-gatherers or farmers. In this course, we will explore the diverse range of sustainable practices that are scattered throughout our history and why it is important for modern day society to learn from them.   

Learning Objectives

  • Learn why historical analysis is needed for developing a better understanding of the term sustainability 

  • Discover how sustainability was practiced by the Aztec civilisation  

  • Understand why biological conservation is important for the Indian civilisations  

  • Get a glimpse into the bond that exists between the environment and the indigenous people of Africa 

  • Whether sustainable development was important or not for the Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Greek and Roman civilisations 


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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