Sustainable Development Minor
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2015 Fall Courses
SDEV 096 Social Research for Engineering Projects 1-2 credits, department permission, (SS)
This course is designed for students who want to gain social science experience through their involvement in Engineers without Borders.
SDEV 010 Challenges of Sustainable Development 4 credits (SS) ES attribute, CBE Global
History and principles of sustainable development, including their application to projects in both rich and poor countries. Survey of current environmental, social and economic challenges to sustainable development. Philosophy and ethics of external intervention for poverty alleviation and green development, especially in poor societies. Integrated approaches to sustainable development practice, including the inter-relationship of the health sciences, natural sciences, social sciences and management.
Section 10 - T, R 1:10 - 2:25 p.m.
Section 11 - T, R 2:35 - 3:50 p.m.
SDEV 202-10 Sustainable Development Solutions, II 2 credits (SS) ES attribute
Continuation and extension of projects begun in SDEV 201. Refine implementation strategies and develop project evaluation protocol. Oral presentations and written reports. Prerequisite: SDEV 201.
SDEV 203-10 Research in Sustainable Development 2-4 credits (SS) ES attribute
Students will work on sustainable development research projects not involving field work. May be repeatable for a maximum of 4 credits. Prerequisite: SDEV 010 and instructor permission required.
SDEV, ES 310-10 Foundations of Sustainable Development Practice 4 credits (SS)
The broad goal of this course is to introduce students to the foundations of key sectoral and thematic knowledge for important challenges to sustainable development: food and nutritional security, social service delivery, energy policy, water resource management, urbanization, infrastructure, human rights, biodiversity, adaption to climate change, mitigating GHGs, sustainable business, good governance, and more. Through the Global Classroom, an approach pioneered by Columbia University and the Global Masters of Development Practice Association (http://globalmdp.org/), we will do this together virtually with academic partners from around the world.
Professor Orrs; T, R 7:55 - 9:10 a.m.
SDEV 372-10 Independent Study in Sustainable Development 1-4 credits (SS/HU) ES attribute
Opportunity for students to pursue individual sutainabile development projects or continue work begin in SDEV 201/202. May not count towards minor's credit requirements. Prerequisite: SDEV 010 and department permission required.
*CANCELED* SDEV, AAS, WGSS 397-10 Women, Engineering and Sustainable Development in Africa 4 credits (SS) ES attribute
This course embraces multi-disciplinary approaches in Environmental Engineering and Africana Studies. The course will engage students on issues of sustainable development and explore various green energy and environmental initiatives in Africa. Students will learn and develop models for simple, culturally competent, and economically feasible technologies, either adopted or developed, that can enhance the communal, infrastructural and individual capacity for agricultural communities in rural Africa to alleviate poverty. Through research, situational/case study analysis and several discussion-based approaches, we will examine women’s roles and various gendered issues and challenges that impede the economic advancement and environmental conservation that is vital to development in Africa.
Professor Dzidzor Darku; M, W 12:45 - 2:00 p.m.
Costa Rica Winter Break Program
SDEV-122 and EES-042 are 20-day courses taught simultaneously in Costa Rica during winter break. You may enroll in only ONE of these courses concurrently. Both courses require some class meetings and academic work during the preceding fall semester.
EES-042 The Natural History of Costa Rica 3 credits (NS)
This course will expose students to the unique interaction of ecology, geology, and climate that has shaped the natural history of Costa Rica. Topics will include population, community, and ecosystem ecology, as well as evolution and natural selection as they pertain to the biota of Costa Rica. Biodiversity and conservation biology will also be a major focus of the course. It will expose students to the natural history of Costa Rica via classroom lectures, electronic media, observations, and field exercises.
SDEV-122 Sustainable Development: The Costa Rican Experience 3 credits (SS)
This course investigates the concept of sustainable development as it is currently being practiced in Costa Rica. The course is an examination of sustainable development and its implementation in Costa Rica. Students investigate sustainable agriculture and energy, ecotourism, land use planning and management, and the issue of biodiversity vs. resource exploitation in forests. Students also learn about Costa Rica, its social fabric, history, government, and culture.
For additional information on 2015 Costa Rica winter program, contact Professor Don Morris email@example.com or Professor Mark Orrs firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Lehigh.edu/studyabroad/lehighincostarica.html