Exploring Sustainability in the Indian Context - Online Course

Institute Name:  Azim Premji University

Course Type:  Online Courses and Training

Apply By:  11 Oct . 2018

Exploring Sustainability in the Indian Context - Online Course

Online course Oct 12 – Dec 15, 2018

Rapid and widespread environmental, economic and social changes have led to urgent global questions of sustainability. Concerns of sustainability in developing countries like India can be very different than that of industrialised countries. In developing countries, equity and social justice are central to addressing sustainability, along with environmental concerns.

This interdisciplinary, multi-instructor course provides an introduction to sustainability within the context of development in India. We develop an integrated perspective on sustainability along ecological and social dimensions, and use these to examine critical themes of importance to India, like population, food, and climate change. We explore how our imagination of culture, markets, state, and even of nature itself influences sustainability action. We end with examining how to take sustainability action - as individuals, communities and larger collectives, and across all scales, from the local to the global.

Participants in this fully online course are expected to watch video lectures, join interactive video-discussions with faculty, and participate in discussion forums. Those who complete all activities and tests and submit assignments will get a Certificate of Participation from Azim Premji University.

Who should attend

This course is designed for those seeking an integrated and multi-disciplinary understanding of sustainability both in theory and practice. It is ideal for students curious about sustainability as well as development practitioners interested in deepening their understanding.

What you will learn

  • Understand what sustainability is in an Indian context
  • Appreciate different social and ecological aspects of sustainability
  • Interpret real-world issues such as population, food and climate change through the lens of sustainability
  • Discover how our imagination of nature, culture, markets and the state influences sustainability action
  • Explore different types of action at individual, community and government levels


  • Framing Sustainability
  • Population and Sustainability
  • Food and Sustainability
  • Climate Change
  • Situating Sustainability
  • Sustainability Action and You

Certificate of Participation

Will be given to all participants who complete course requirements. No grade will be assigned for the course

Course Details

  • Time commitment: 4-5 hours a week
  • Video lectures with linked activities
  • Discussion forum
  • Weekly live chat with faculty
  • Two quizzes
  • Two surveys (self assessment)

Participants can access course materials through any web browser or Android OS mobile phone. Login credentials will be provided upon registration

Course fees

Rs.1180, inclusive of taxes

Fee waivers available for deserving candidates

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