To be held from 29th June to 25th July 2020
The summer course “Exploring Urban India: Sustainability Challenges” is an extension of the long running NCI programme, “Approaching Environmental Management in India” The present course plans to introduce students to the state of sustainability in contemporary urban India along with the challenges, prospects and many localised innovations towards increased sustainability.
India is one of the most rapidly urbanizing developing nations in the world with Indian cities moving towards accommodating about one-eighth the share of the urban population of the world by 2050. Urbanisation has been driven by economic growth but has largely been unplanned, and therefore, has seen multifarious challenges with regard to environmental sustainability. Increasingly various stakeholders are aware of the need for crafting an urbanization trajectory that is sustainable for its cities. This increasing awareness is coupled with the push towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This course will specifically look at the issue of urban sustainability through the themes of city governance, urban planning, provision of basic services, the use of technology and innovation, and urban activism among others.
The course covers the following themes:
This course draws content from a variety of sources so as to elucidate comprehensive responses within the above mentioned themes. This will be primarily achieved through lectures from specialists in the field, specific reading material, and field visits so as to make coverage of the topics holistic. The aim of the field visits would be to give the students firsthand knowledge of the topics covered in the classroom and also to interact with various stakeholders that are part of the larger environmental concerns being discussed.
This specific course is very field work intensive. Students are taken to field trips in both the city and the countryside where they get to see concepts they are being introduced to in lectures, working in practice.
Tentatively for 2019 the following field visits are being considered:
The cost of the summer course is 110000 INR (currency converter). The amount covers all local costs, including the course fee, board and lodging at the Guest House, basic course material, shorter excursions, and the use of medical facilities and the library at ISEC. The cost does not include expenses for travels to and from Bangalore, visa fees, or medical and travel insurance, for which the students need to pay by themselves
Upon successful completion of the summer course, the students receive a certificate from the Nordic Centre in India that can award them 7.5 ECTS at their respective home university. For students who wish pursue 10 ECTS it is also possible to do additional assignments during the same period of time. Since the course is designed to suit students from Nordic universities with European and national credit systems, students are requested to consult the International offices for information about how to translate and register the course credits at their home university.
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The course information for 2019 Environment programme can be found here: Exploring Environmental sustainbility in India 2019