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.
1. Introduction to the course
In-class reading: FEATURE STORY
Sustainable Development Summit Concludes in Johannesburg: UN Secretary-General
Kofi Annan Says It's Just the Beginning
Exercise 1: Sustainable Development
2. Lecture/Discussion: Development vs. Sustainable Development
Review on Development
Reading & Exercise 2: Global Challenge Global Opportunity: Trends in Sustainable Development (UN document)
3. Lecture/Discussion: Development models
Reading & Exercise 2 (Continued)
Group Exercise : Your choice of category
4. Lecture/Discussion: Development models
Group Exercise : Your choice of category
5. Lecture/Discussion: Feasibility Study as a Tool of Sustainable development
Reading & Exercise 3: Sustainable Development and the Needs for Strategic Development
6. Introduction to development project (1): UN Human Security Funds (UNHSF) project in Mongolia
7. Special Guest Lecture/Discussion: Development Projects in Mongolia
UNESCO Beijing Office, Programme Officer, Beijing China
8. Lecture/Discussion: Stakeholders Analysis
Reading & Exercise 4: Analysis
9. Lecture/Discussion: Stakeholders Analysis (continued)
Introduction to development project (2): Development Projects in Lao PDR
10. In-class Group Exercises
11. In-class Group Exercises
12. Group Presentation: Mongolian Team
13. Group Presentation: Lao PDR Team
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.
01.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.
02.Students are expected to read the assigned materials thoroughly in advance, to prepare to participate in discussion, as well as preparing feasibility study for the given projects. 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.
Students shall choose one component of the project to write analysis paper. For each component, main questions will be listed. Students are expected to analyze the project according to the questions and prepare to present own ideas.
Field Study (for the credit of ""Field Work""):
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. Other requirements are the same as ""International Development Engineering Field Work"".
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