Beginning Fall 2013: Sustainable Development Minor
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2013-14 Academic Year Course Offerings
Complete Course Listing
SDEV 201 Sustainable Development Solutions , Part 1
(3 credits) Professors Orrs, days and times TBD
SDEV 203 Research in Sustainable Development (2-4 credits)
SDEV 372 Independent Study (1-4 credits)
ENTP/IR 307: International Social Entrepreneurship (4 credits)
SDEV 010, CRN 48986 Challenges of Sustainable Development
(4 credits) Professor Orrs; M/W 2:35 – 3:50 p.m.
SDEV 122 , CRN 48987 The Costa Rican Experience (3 credits)
Professors Weisman, Morris and Cutcliffe. Course fee applies.
SDEV 202, CRN 48988 Sustainable Development Solutions ,
Part 2 (2 credits) Professors Orrs, days and times TBD
SDEV 203, CRN 48989 Research in Sustainable Development
SDEV 372, CRN 48990 Independent Study (1-4 credits)
Challenges of Sustainable Development, SDEV 010. This 4 credit course is offered each fall semester. In this stand alone course, students from any college or discipline are thoroughly exposed to the myriad contemporary challenges posed by our current economic, social and environmental systems, and rigorously grounded in the principles of sustainable development practice.
Sustainable Development Solutions, SDEV 201 & SDEV 202. This 2-course yearlong sequence is open to undergraduates from any college or discipline who have taken Challenges of Sustainable Development, SDEV 010. Students are placed into 3-4 person interdisciplinary project teams, led by a faculty adviser and a mentor from an NGO (or other organization partner), first through a differential diagnosis of the challenges of sustainable development within the context of this particular NGO setting, then through a process which generates innovative yet pragmatic deliverables as solutions to a particular challenge facing the NGO.
- The first course, SDEV 201, is 3 credits and is offered each spring semester. In this first course, the project teams focus on understanding the context of their particular NGO amidst the broader social, economic and scientific challenges to sustainable development. They may also perform a needs assessment related to the NGO’s proposed challenge, brainstorm and devise innovative solutions, and identify the best solution and develop it further.
- The second course, SDEV 202, is 2 credits and is offered in the fall semester. In this second course, the project team continues development of the solution and plans for its implementation.
- A key requirement of the sequence is on-the-ground field experience, whether international or domestic. Ideally, this occurs on multiple occasions throughout the sequence, at the beginning and in the middle and/or end of the project, and coincides with a needs assessment. Given constraints, especially when involving international work and travel, this may in some instances be limited to just one field experience, which could occur for an extended duration over the summer.
Offered Summer 2013...Humanitarian Engineering Internships
This summer we will be launching internships in Humanitarian Engineering with 9 students working on 3 different projects. The first concerns the design of low cost housing in urban Indian settings, probably using found materials. We have students from civil engineering, architecture, and social science working on this issue.
The subject area for a second project will be chosen at the end of this semester. A group of students in Engineers Without Borders is reviewing humanitarian engineering programs this semester. One of the members of that group will continue into the summer with the chosen project. The group is looking into a wide array of activity in water supply, sanitation, infrastructure development, agriculture, energy and lighting devices, cooking stoves, etc.
The third group will work on 3-D printing as design methodology. If this technology can be easily transferred to individuals in developing communities, then those individuals can begin to design and manufacture useful devices for their own region. This could replace some reliance on people in the geographic north designing for those in the south.
We are hopeful that the effort this summer is the beginning of a sustained and sustainable effort to engage creative Lehigh students in bringing healthy, sustainable technologies that are culturally appropriate to the developing world. We would like to acknowledge the help and support of VP Alan Snyder and the Office of Research for supporting the internships.