1. Understand the difference between making predictions about the future and using trend projections and simulated futures for policy development.
2. Understand the magnitude of human impact on the physical and biological environment marking the Anthropocene and the Great Acceleration.
3. Understand how intergovernmental organizations such as the World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme rank countries by their economies and by human development.
4. Explain why poverty may be considered a distribution problem rather than a production problem.
5. Describe the ethnographic realities of daily life in the impoverished world based on examples from a Brazilian case study, identifying the political and economic factors that create these conditions.
6. Describe the different approaches that the United Nations and its specialized agencies, such as the World Bank, have taken toward global poverty since 1945. Assess their effectiveness.
7. Describe the ideological assumptions of Utopian capitalism and test its predictions of progress against the evidence.
8. Understand the sustainability of sociocultural systems in reference to the humanization process as well as social and environmental sustainability.