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Shaping the Future Through Sustainable Development

Explore ethical initiatives in education, healthcare, and water management to shape the future through sustainable development.

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  • Duration

    6 weeks
  • Weekly study

    2 hours
  • Accreditation

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The CPD Certification Service

This course has been certified by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to continuing professional development principles. Find out more.

Understand and implement the Sustainable Development Goals

The aim of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is to protect human rights and preserve the natural world. On this four-week course from Taipei Medical University, you’ll delve into the 17 SDGs, and discover how they are being implemented all around the world.

From fairer water resources management to climate action and disaster resilience, you’ll learn how ethical thinking could help us shape a better future.

Investigate the relationship between water management and environmental protection

Besides being a basic human right, sustainable water management helps to protect ecosystems and improve urban living.

In Week 2 of the course, you’ll discover new and ethical approaches to managing water and agriculture. You’ll unearth the many connections between water resources management and environmental protection.

Explore sustainable economics, education, and healthcare

Next, you’ll expand your ethical thinking to consider innovations in sustainable economics, education, and healthcare.

You’ll analyse a host of new initiatives helping to improve access to vital services for individuals and communities.

Fight climate change and build disaster resilience

In the final week of the course, you’ll consider one of the greatest challenges to sustainable development. You’ll investigate the catastrophic impacts of climate change, and reflect on strategies for building disaster resilience.

By the end of the course, you’ll have an in-depth understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals, and a commitment to implementing them in your own life and community.


  • Week 1

    SDG and Sustainability

    • Welcome to the course!

      In this course, your educators will be learning with you. Please tell us what you expect.

    • Shape the Future that We Want

      In our current living environment, it is important to understand the conditions facing the environment and to explore our own future life from different perspectives, namely economic, social, environmental, equity and peace.

    • Sustainable Development

      The SDGs are about learning from nature in terms of water, energy, nutrition, microclimate, and biodiversity, and discussing the crises facing society in a linear way. We will then use circular thinking to balance society.

  • Week 2

    The relationship between water resources and the environment.

    • From Ecosystem to Ecosystem: Exploring a New Paradigm for Water Resources Management

      The importance of water management and new paradigms are explored, emphasizing that proper management of water resources can change the way of thinking from linear to systemic thinking and the study of how nature works.

    • Sustainable Water Resources Management and Protection

      A shift from linear to systemic thinking, creating a circular flow to manage landscape, agriculture and cities, and to revitalize the economy, society and environment.

  • Week 3

    Economy for Sustainablity

    • Shape the Future with Good Economy

      Explore how to effectively promote sustainable economic development. By working together, consumers, workers and producers to improve resource efficiency and promote economic and social cohesion, we can effectively promote sustain

    • Promoting Sustainable Economic Development: Consumer Cooperatives

      How to quickly and effectively develop the mobile economy and stimulate local development, from the local economic model, demographic structure and other aspects, to explore the establishment of a good economic environment, quali

  • Week 4

    Education for Sustainablitly

    • Service Learning

      In the face of severe modern inequality and poverty, service learning allows students to apply learning to community issues by working with others.

    • Service Learning Case Sharing

      Service Learning is an educational approach that combines learning with social service, allowing students to experience, learn, and serve their communities in a hands-on way.

  • Week 5

    Health Care for Sustainbility

    • USR in Action

      Through the promotion of university social responsibility and USR, create a sustainable and healthy community.

    • Health and Well-being

      The goal of SDG3 is centered on achieving global health so that everyone can stay healthy at all ages. It reminds us of the importance of health and advocates for sustainable health development that leads to equitable and inclusiv

  • Week 6

    Climate Action and Disaster Resiliece for Sustianbility

    • The Vicious Cycle of Climate Change

      The vicious cycle of global warming and climate change is explored to understand its impact on the environment and society.

    • Tzu Chi Four Stages of Disaster Relief

      We will introduce the four phases of Tzu Chi disaster management and use case studies to illustrate the importance of understanding the concept of resilience.

    • Final exam

      We learned about environmental challenges in six units and explored ideal future life from various perspectives. We used linear thinking to balance societal needs and will assess understanding with a final exam.

Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service
The CPD Certification Service:

The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 and is the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the CPD policies of professional and academic bodies.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and join a global classroom of learners. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain the meaning and examples of sustainable development goals
  • Explore the relationship between human beings and environmental resources, and treat the land with care and love.
  • Critique the relationship between earth energy and natural disasters and their causes and consequences
  • Describe the theory and application of service learning
  • Discuss and participate in understanding community care and teaching the elderly in the community how to exercise to stay healthy
  • Empowering everyone who wants to participate, the joy of volunteering and the selflessness to educate young people from case studies.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in learning more about the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and how they are being implemented around the world.

You don’t need any prior knowledge to participate in this course.

Who will you learn with?

Tzu Chi University SDG Academic Research Center Director
Master Program in Sustainability and Disaster Management , Professor

Who developed the course?

Taipei Medical University

Taipei Medical University (TMU) has been a leader in Taiwan’s healthcare system for over half a century due to its research, teaching excellence, internationalization and outstanding medical service.

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  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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