• The Sustainable Development and CSB teams posing in front of the Reflection Pool at Angkor Wat
    Cambodia The Sustainable Development and CSB teams posing in front of the Reflection Pool at Angkor Wat
  • Charlie Baldwin, Connor Luther, Eleni O'flarity,  Kevin Hoogenboom, Amberlyn Alualu, Emma Fried, and Melanie Grinnel at our favorite taco stand!
    Nicaragua Charlie Baldwin, Connor Luther, Eleni O'flarity, Kevin Hoogenboom, Amberlyn Alualu, Emma Fried, and Melanie Grinnel at our favorite taco stand!
  • Fracking Well Pad
    Pennsylvania Fracking Fracking Well Pad
  • The people in the rural village do not own cars so they must use other means of transportation and find alternative yet efficient ways of carrying heavy items along the dirt road and in the hot sun.
    Nicaragua The people in the rural village do not own cars so they must use other means of transportation and find alternative yet efficient ways of carrying heavy items along the dirt road and in the hot sun.

Curriculum

Sustainable Development Minor
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College of Arts and Sciences Minors

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2016 Fall Courses

SDEV 010-10  Challenges of Sustainable Development CRN 42649 (SS) CBE Global  4 credits 
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.  Professor Orrs
T, R; 1:10 - 2:25 p.m.
 
SDEV 096-10  Social Research for Engineering Projects CRN 43881 (SS)   1 credits 
SDEV 096-11  Social Research for Engineering Projects CRN 43886 (SS)   2 credits 
Research project under the supervision of faculty. Instructor permission required Professor Orrs
 
SDEV 202-10  Sustainable Development Solutions, II CRN 42650 (SS) ES  2-4 credits 
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. Instructor permission required. Professor Orrs
 
SDEV 203-10  Research in Sustainable Development CRN 42651 (SS) ES  2-4 credits 
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. Instructor permission required. Professor Orrs
 
ANTH 305-10  Anthropology of Fishing CRN 43660 (SS)   4 credits 
Comparative study of fishing peoples and their technologies. Fishing strategies, control of information, and social organization of marine exploitation in subsistence and modern industrial contexts. Theory of common property resources and the role of social science in commercial fisheries management.  Professor Gatewood
M, W, F; 10:10 - 11:00 a.m.
 
ES, SDEV 310-10  Foundations of Sustainable Development Practice CRN 43507 (SS)   4 credits 
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.  Staff
T; 7:45  - 10:35 a.m.
 
SDEV 372-10  Independent Study in Sustainable Development CRN 42652 (HU, SS) ES  1-4 credits 
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.  Professor Orrs
 

2016 Summer Courses

SDEV, ARCH 195-10 Nudging the L.V.: Propositions for Sustainable development CRN 21433 4 credits
ES, ARCH, POLS 395-10 Nudging the L.V.: Propositions for Sustainable development CRN 21436 3 credits 
The Lehigh Valley is one of the most rapidly developing regions in the Northeast.  This course proposes to use use the LV as a topic of research, design, and proposition. We will address questions posed by the scale of development in the region to propose interventions that maximize the beneficial impact that can accompany the growth. Investigation will be encouraged to engage the design, engineering, environmental, economic, historical, sociological, geographic, cultural, and political aspects of contemporary development.  The goal is to identify latent opportunities within current trends to maximum and broaden their benefit. Although modeled on design studio methodology, the course will be interdisciplinary in nature and open to students from all backgrounds  Professor Brent Stringfellow
Summer session 1 - M, W; 4:00 - 6:50 p.m.
 
SDEV, HMS 196-10 Oceans and Human Health CRN 21505 4 credits
STUDY ABROAD IN BERMUDA
The world’s oceans affect human health in many ways: they provide food and water to human populations; they are a point of exposure to pollutants, toxins, and diseases; and they provide pharmaceuticals and animals used in biomedical research. This course explores the interactions between oceans and human health. You will learn more about both human health issues and marine science, by studying the ways in which they intersect. You will gain an understanding of the major risks and benefits of our interactions with the ocean and will be introduced to technologies used to assess risk and to realize potential benefits. The course is based at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, and you will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful beaches and fascinating history of the isolated island nation of Bermuda. Cost: $5750 plus $50 study abroad fee and airfare. Professor Orrs
May 22 – June 11
2016 Winter Course
SDEV 122 Sustainable Development: The Costa Rican Experience 3 credits
STUDY ABROAD IN COSTA RICA
Investigation of the concept of sustainable development as currently being practiced in Costa Rica. Case studies in diverse areas (e.g. agriculture, bio-prospecting, ecotourism, energy, and land use) demonstrate how current approaches to sustainable development are influenced by the history and ecology of Costa Rica, as well as the structure of its political, social, and economic systems. Attention to theories of sustainable development and of consumption help to frame the Costa Rican experience. Students maintain individual “sustainability” journals based on their experiences from which they draw for team-based research and writing projects. The course is offered through Lehigh Abroad and consists of 5 evening classes during the fall semester and required course travel to Costa Rica between the fall and winter semesters (approximately 18 days). Final course projects are due early in the spring semester. Course participation will require additional fees as described by Lehigh Abroad (airfare and program fee).
Date to be determined.
 

2016 Spring Courses

SDEV 201-10 Sustainable Development Solutions, I (SS) ES 3 credits 
Projects practicum in which cross-disciplinary teams of 5-6 students focus on understanding the context of a particular NGO amidst the broader social, economic, and scientific challenges to sustainable development. Analytic techniques for designing, implementing and evaluating projects. Nuts and bolts of development practice. Teams work on needs assessment related to their NGO’s proposed goals and devise innovative solutions for implementing development projects. On-the-ground field experience, whether international or domestic, is required. Course fee may apply. Oral presentations and written reports. 
Prerequisite SDEV 10 or instructor permission required. 
Professor Orrs M, W, F; 1:10 - 2:00 p.m. 
 
SDEV 203-10 Research in Sustainable Development (SS) ES 2-4 credits 
Students will work on sustainable development research projects not involving field work.  May be repeatable for a maximum of 4 credits. 
Prerequisite SDEV 10 or instructor permission required. 
Professor Orrs
 
SDEV, ENTP, IR 307-10 International Social Entrepreneurship (SS) 4 credits 
International social entrepreneurship aims to change the world through innovation in solving social problems. Focus on the nexus between social entrepreneurship and development practice, especially in relation to NGOs. Emphasis on acquiring the tools and conceptual framework to launch a new social venture through real world hands-on field work and team-oriented learning by doing. Exposure to best practices in field methods with respect to development projects, to how to affect meaningful social change in poor countries, to generate and evaluate innovative ideas for poverty reduction, to develop those ideas into concrete on-the-ground start-up plans, and to take initial steps to implement them. It is recommended, but not required, that students have some previous experience with development or entrepreneurship, such as through enrollment in ENTP 101 or IR 322 or ECO 303 or CEE 205. 
Instructor permission required. 
Professor Orrs and Professor Watkins M, W, F; 3:10 - 4:00 p.m. 
 
SDEV 372-10 Independent Study in Sustainable Development (SS/HU) ES 1-4 credits 
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 10 or instructor permission required. 
Professor Orrs
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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