This course aims at introducing various approaches to sustainable development. The first half of the course looks at major theories of international development and how they are applied in practical situation. The latter part will take a close look at on-going development projects in selected countries with implication of role of engineering (and engineers). The students are expected to participate in discussion and analyze the project from engineering point of view within the context of "Sustainable Development."
In main stream theory of development, development measured by economic growth was the main theme. The meaning of development in the context of international development had evolved during the past 30 years. From the lessons of 1980s, particularly represented by failures and mistakes in development field in Africa and Asia, sustainable development has become underlying concept to plan, implement and evaluate the development practices. In 1990, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) produced Human Development Indicators and gained world attention. This is to measure development from various aspects centering human. In this context, recent development projects require more integration of different fields, such as education, health, industry, economy, engineering, law and others. Given this background, it is increasingly important that young engineers must understand and be able to design sustainable development projects/programs to overcome precedent problems in development. These approaches often require the participants to create effective working relationships with practitioners in other field, governments, and organizations.
This course aims at introducing various approaches to sustainable development. The first half of the course looks at major theories of international development and how they are applied in practical situations. The latter part will take a close look at on-going development projects in selected countries with implication of role of engineering (and engineers). The students are expected to participate in discussion and analyze the project from engineering point of view within the context of sustainable Development. Then the course will be followed by the field trip to the development project site, possibly for conducting feasibility studies. The students are responsible to prepare, to contribute, and to express own opinions and ideas. This means, the students’ participation in classroom makes a difference.
Selected reading materials from a variety of development study readers as well as different UN and Development Bank document and publications. Project document will be provided for the preparation of exercises and field study.
Students are expected read the assigned materials and answer the questions provided prior to the class. Class discussion will be based on the knowledge of the reading materials as well as your interest and experiences in development field.
Students are expected to do exercises assigned in class. Exercise assignments include individual exercise, group exercise, and presenting findings. For each component, main questions will be listed. Students are expected to read thoroughly assigned reading materials and analyze the issues according to the questions and prepare to present own ideas.
In this class, on-going development projects will be introduced. You are expected to choose one project to contribute in the development of feasibility study. Questions related to the project in various aspects are provided in advance and students are expected to answer questions with own ideas and to share experiences, if any.
Field Study (Elective Additional Component):
Students are expected to form small groups according to assigned tasks to prepare for the field study. Students shall cooperate in 1) analyzing the project components by the group, 2) planning feasibility study with specific tools with reference to pros and cons; and 3) conducting situational analysis and other relevant analysis to promote sustainable development. Details should be discussed later.