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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Learn more: SDG targets, courses, books

Learning Objectives for Education about the SDGs

In 2017, UNESCO published proposed Learning Objectives for each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. These have inspired universities to provide more detailed suggestions on how these objectives can be achieved in a course:  For example, the University of Innsbruck has shared their overall and SDG-specific learning resources online

Open Courses about Sustainable Development Goals

  • World's Largest Lesson: "We produce creative tools for educators and action focussed learning experiences for children and young people" that build skills and motivation to take action for the SDGs.
  • SDG Academy: an education initiative of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, includes free online courses through SDG AcademyX. Includes some Spanish-language courses.
  • Villanova University: teaching resources for faculty on sustainability
  • SDGs and Project-Based Learning - December 2021 conference (Geneva)

New Sustainability Book Collections

May 2023: The Gordon Library has two new e-book collections from Edward Elgar Publishing. These collections include original reference works, research handbooks, edited volumes and authored scholarly monographs covering important research findings, mapping new and emerging fields of research, and providing enlightening critiques.

These e-books are perpetual access, DRM-free, and allow unlimited simultaneous user access.

Edward Elgar's 111 Open Access e-books encompassing titles in Law, Business and the Social Sciences are also included on the platform.


October 2022: The Sustainability eBook subscription - from ProQuest - is specifically designed to embed discipline-relevant aspects of education for sustainable development across the curriculum.  Covering subjects from sustainable development, environmental law, environmental politics, and business sustainability management, the Sustainability eBook subscription provides unlimited access to a large array of multidisciplinary eBooks. 

Key benefits include: 
•    7,000+ multidisciplinary titles enabling exploration of global issues from multiple avenues 
•    The eBook subscription is mapped to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) along traditional subject areas 
•    The collection includes titles from major publishers Taylor & Francis and Springer 
•    77% of the titles were published in the last decade 


Easy access to these collections is available via the Library's A - Z Database List and the Electronic Book Collections List.

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