SDGs: Issues in Sustainable Development

Course Code: SDG101
Day: Tue Time: 19:10-21:30 Hours: 20 Sessions: 8 Semester: Summer Medium of Instruction: English Location: Online

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Course Description

This course is for anyone wanting to gain a basic understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), current trends in development and the connection between issues. The course will investigate issues facing global society and how these are being addressed. These investigations will provide an understanding of international development, broader awareness of the connection actors and issues, and an overview of the diverse methods for solving global problems. Pre-readings and guiding questions will help participants engage with the key themes. Those wishing to know more about global issues, the role of different actors and sustainable development agendas, those preparing for overseas study or volunteer work, or those involved in the nonprofit sector will especially benefit from this course.

Learning Objectives

1. Develop a Better understanding of sustainability, the SDGs and international development.
2. Gain a broader awareness of the connection between issues.
3. Learn about diverse methods for solving problems and Find out how you can get more involved.

Who should take this course

Anyone wanting to know more about what is going on in the world, learn about what is being done about global problems, prepare to study overseas or work in the nonprofit sector. Anyone with an interest is welcome!


No required textbook


Sarajean Rossitto

Instructor Biography

Sarajean is a Tokyo-based consultant providing program coordination, training program facilitation, and capacity development advisory services for institutions such as JICA, Japan PlatForm, the Give2Asia Foundation, the Center for Global Partnership, Morgan Stanley, Sophia University and others seeking to gain strategic advantage while better meeting community needs and promoting more effective civic engagement. Sarajean's most recent training programs focus on CSR and SDGs, Unconscious Bias and Every day Sexism, Cross Cultural Communications and Basic Conflict Mediation skills development for international organizations and 2020 volunteers. She holds an undergraduate degree in sociology and a Master's in International Affairs with a focus on human rights in East Asia from Colombia University. She has also earned professional certificates in Disaster Management, Humanitarian Response Management and Conflict Mediation.