Sustainable Development Minor
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2015 Fall Courses
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.