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GLB5560 Seminar on Selected Topics of Global Sustainability: Home

Course Description

This course is intended to introduce students to the research frontier in the study of global sustainability and contemporary issues that defines the future trends of global sustainability. It also includes relevant and important topics not covered by other courses in this stream to broaden students’ academic and intellectual horizon. 

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Resource Abundance and Economic Development

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Technology, Growth, and Development: An Induced Innovation Perspective

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The Oxford Handbook of Innovation

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