• 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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2015 Fall Courses

SDEV 010 Challenges of Sustainable Development  4 credits (SS) ES attribute
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
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  2-4 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. 
Professor Orrs
 
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.
Professor Orrs 
 
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.
Professor Orrs
 
SDEV, AAS, WGSS 398-10 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.

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.