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ETHICS OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Meet our new, intensive certificate program

A two-week online course to advance
your professional sustainability experience

100% ONLINE

 A safe and effective way to gain the knowledge of global sustainability from industry leaders and local professors. Expand your knowledge and experience from anywhere in the world.

ADVANCE YOUR CAREER

Using machine learning with your block-chain certificate, we'll connect the skills that you gained will with the jobs available right away. Also, gain access to TGP's alumni network of over 3,200 sustainability leaders and career opportunities.

GET AHEAD OF THE INDUSTRY
Instantly boost your resume and gain the most in-demand skill sets for today's career fields. Our block-chain certificate is the professional proof you'll need to advance your career.
FOR STUDENTS & PROFESSIONALS
Whether you're a university student, gap year student, recent graduate, or seasoned professional, this course welcomes participants who are motivated to become ethical leaders, no matter the stage of your profession.

Meet our new, intensive certificate program

A two-week online course to advance
your professional sustainability experience

100% ONLINE

 A safe and effective way to gain the knowledge of global sustainability from industry leaders and local professors. Expand your knowledge and experience from anywhere in the world.

ADVANCE YOUR CAREER

Using machine learning with your block-chain certificate, we'll connect the skills that you gained will with the jobs available right away. Also, gain access to TGP's alumni network of over 3,200 sustainability leaders and career opportunities.

GET AHEAD OF THE INDUSTRY

Instantly boost your resume and gain the most in-demand skill sets for today's career fields. Our block-chain certificate is the professional proof you'll need to advance your career.

FOR STUDENTS & PROFESSIONALS

Whether you're a university student, gap year student, recent graduate, or seasoned professional, this course welcomes participants who are motivated to become ethical leaders, no matter the stage of your profession.

Course Objective


Discover theories of development, study human development indicators and strategies, and engage in provoking conversations around the intersections of ethics and human development with a diverse cohort of sustainability leaders.

Course Objective


Discover theories of development, study human development indicators and strategies, and engage in provoking conversations around the intersections of ethics and human development with a diverse cohort of sustainability leaders.

Course Description
This course, "Ethics of Sustainable Development", provides an introduction to the theories and practice of sustainable development with a special focus on developing countries. Development has been a contested concept and has had its share of controversies. The fact that poverty and inequality in many poor countries has not reduced significantly, in spite of significant international effort, has posed both conceptual and practical problems.

The recent focus on sustainable development has been a result of alarming environmental and climate degradation, but also because of a conscious effort in advocating for this issue throughout the world. With the intention of teaching this topic from different perspectives and angles, this course will also analyze the critiques of sustainable development too. Students will gain knowledge analyzing various case studies of ethical, human sustainable development around the world.

At the end of the course, students will apply their newfound knowledge to an entrepreneurial solution at the TGP Capstone Workshop, an agile version of TGP's Capstone Project.
Meet your professor
Dr. Sagar Sharma is the Dean of The School of Arts and The School of Development Studies at Kathmandu University.

Dr. Sharma has a PhD in Development Economics and specializes in teaching entrepreneurship and development, human dimensions of development, and Nepal's plans and policies. Dr. Sharma's area of expertise is in land reform, food security, migration, foreign aid, and development.
Meet your professor
Dr. Sagar Sharma is the Dean of The School of Arts and The School of Development Studies at Kathmandu University.

Dr. Sharma has a PhD in Development Economics and specializes in teaching entrepreneurship and development, human dimensions of development, and Nepal's plans and policies. Dr. Sharma's area of expertise is in land reform, food security, migration, foreign aid, and development.

Provoking Class Topics


Complete the course online with live, engaging, and provoking classes and discussions. Gain global perspectives and learn from international faculty from Kathmandu University's School of Development Studies in Nepal.

Course Start Date: September 28, 2020
Course End Date: October 12, 2020

Course Introduction

Gain an introduction to the course and explore the questions: What is development? How and why is development contested? Why is there the need for sustainable development?

Introduction to Sustainable Development

Learn about the drivers of inequality, environmental threats to humankind, and what happens if we continue operating "business as usual"?

Critiquing Sustainable Development

Through various literature reviews, practice critical thinking when analyzing and discussing the critiques of sustainable development.

Foundations of Human & Economic Development

Discover the concepts, measures, and policies for the development paradigm, and the intersections of human and economic development.

Concepts of Poverty & Inequality

Gain an understanding of the concept of human poverty, sustainable development and neo-liberalism paradigms.  Why does poverty and inequalities persist?

Why Does Ethics Matter in Development?

Using energy as a case-study, explore the ethical and moral aspects of energy use, distribution, carbon emissions, and carbon-trade.

Global Practices of Sustainable Development

Analyze and present global case studies of sustainable development: The good, the bad, and the ugly.

Nepal: Dilemmas of a Developing Country

Using Nepal as a case study, examine and understand the strategies and challenges of a developing nation.

Real-world Solutions: Capstone Workshop

Apply your newfound knowledge to a real-world solution for sustainable development.

Course Outcomes

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Skills for the 21st Century Workforce 

Gain and practice in-demand skills: Critical and analytical thinking, creativity and innovation, remote work management, interpersonal and interdisciplinary communication, diversity and cultural intelligence, public speaking, thought leadership, and problem-solving.

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Understanding Foundational Theories 

Learn the foundational theories and practices of global sustainable development, with Nepal as a case study for development countries. 

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Critical-Thinking & Responding to Critiques

Analyze and critique sustainable development and ethics through literature reviews and active learning discussions. Be able to intellectually answer the question: Why do ethics matter in development?

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Understand Human and Economic Development

Gain an understanding of conceptual foundations of human and economic development in the context of sustainable development


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Conceptualize Why Poverty & Inequality Persist

Understand the concepts of poverty and inequality and the principles of why they continue to exist.

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Global Sustainability Knowledge

Discover Nepal's SDGs frameworks, initiatives, and challenges in human and sustainable development.



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Entrepreneurship & Problem-Solving

Practice creativity and innovation with an Agile Capstone Workshop. Explore innovative opportunities to apply your new-found knowledge and how to transform your knowledge into action.



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Critical Dialogue & Global Perspectives

Gain a critical global perspective that is in-demand by employers today. Build experience working with a diverse and interdisciplinary cohort and discuss the state of sustainable development and renewable energy in the past, present, and future.


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Early Access to Sustainability Jobs & Internships

Join a global network of more than 3,200 young professionals and TGP Alumni. Connect with sustainability jobs and internship opportunities, mentorship, and professional development resources with early access to TGP's Alumni Network.

A smart certificate with career impact
A smart certificate with career impact

Accurate insights tied to real skills

We take the guesswork out of the outcomes. Gain job insights that are tied directly to the skills & learning outcomes of the course. 

Your digital certificate uses block-chain and machine learning technology that will showcase each skill's career value and connects you with real jobs that require those skills.

Accurate insights tied to real skills

We take the guesswork out of the outcomes. Gain job insights that are tied directly to the skills & learning outcomes of the course. 

Your digital certificate uses block-chain and machine learning technology that will showcase each skill's career value and connects you with real jobs that require those skills.

More Metrics, More Value

Get even more insight into the job market by receiving salary ranges specific to your certification's skills and which companies are interested in hiring the skills that your certification provides.

Identify the employers that have the biggest demand for skills that you attained through your TGP course.

More Metrics, More Value

Get even more insight into the job market by receiving salary ranges specific to your certification's skills and which companies are interested in hiring the skills that your certification provides.

Identify the employers that have the biggest demand for skills that you attained through your TGP course.

Job Insight Data

Your smart certificate will connect your credentials with real-time job data from around the world.  The job data that our partners use is gathered from 65,000 global information sources; 143 gigs of raw data every day!

Using machine learning and statistical insights we're able to connect the skills that you gain with the jobs available today.

Job Insight Data

Your smart certificate will connect your credentials with real-time job data from around the world.  The job data that our partners use is gathered from 65,000 global information sources; 143 gigs of raw data every day!

Using machine learning and statistical insights we're able to connect the skills that you gain with the jobs available today.

Helping to Improve Impactful Careers

TGP's smart certificates enables participants to explore the roles that are available to them once you complete the course. 

Real-time, open jobs are just a few clicks away from your certificate. We're ready to start delivering career impact directly! 

Helping to Improve Impactful Careers

TGP's smart certificates enables participants to explore the roles that are available to them once you complete the course. 

Real-time, open jobs are just a few clicks away from your certificate. We're ready to start delivering career impact directly! 

Start your educational adventure today.
*Open to students and professionals of all disciplines. Must be at least 18 years old.
Start your educational adventure today.
*Open to students and professionals of all disciplines. Must be at least 18 years old.
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Now accepting applications from university students and professionals who are the next generation of sustainability leaders.
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TGP Alumni
$695
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Save $300
Gain International Course Instruction
Reconnect w/ TGP's Global Alumni Network
Access to Class Recordings
Build Your Resume & Job Insights
Get a TGP Smart Certificate (Upon Completion)
New Students
$975
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Gain International Course Instruction
Join TGP's Global Alumni Network
Access to Class Recordings
Build Your Resume & Job Insights
Get a TGP Smart Certificate  (Upon
Completion)


Interested in a program package? Enroll in two or more TGP programs and save up to $500.
Interested in a program package? Enroll in two or more TGP programs and save up to $500.
This course sounds perfect for my busy schedule. How do I sign up?
Please submit your official TGP program application HERE. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Spots are limited.  Accepted students can secure their spot and complete registration in their Student Portals. For assistance, contact your Student Success Coordinator or our team at info@thegreenprogram.com or +1 (215) 821-0935.
Who is teaching this course?

Dr. Sagar Sharma is the Dean of The School of Arts and The School of Development Studies at Kathmandu University. Dr. Sharma has a PhD in Development Economics and specializes in teaching entrepreneurship and development, human dimensions of development, and Nepal's plans and policies. Dr. Sharma's area of expertise is in land reform, food security, migration, foreign aid, and development.
Who is eligible to participate in the course? Will there be a travel component?
This is a university level course and designed for university students and professionals, 18+. There is no travel component as this course is 100% conducted remotely, and hosted online. 
Will classes be recorded or live, and what does the class schedule look like?
Class sessions will be live and hosted on Zoom with engaging discussions among participants and faculty. Enrolled students will have access to class recordings as well. This is a two week course, held between Sept 28 - Oct 12, 2020 (Mon-Friday's for 2- hour sessions, and 4-hour intensives on Saturday's.
How do I get involved with TGP's global sustainability network?
Join TGP's alumni network of more than 3,000 sustainability leaders around the world. 95% of TGP alumni stay involved in sustainability efforts post program and go off to work at companies such as Tesla, SpaceX, NASA, National Geographic, Second Nature, and more. By attending a TGP program, you become a life-time member and get access to professional and personal development opportunities.
What if I'm also interested in a traditional TGP Program? 
Students are welcome to apply and attend as many TGP programs as you wish!  Simply select all the programs that you are interested in applying for in your application: www.thegreenprogram.com/apply. Ask your Student Success Coordinator about program packages to bundle your programs at a lower cost. *Applications are open to all majors, undergrad and graduate students, recent graduates, and young professionals.
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