Community, Technology, and Sustainability in Nepal
The program focuses on the roles of young people in processes of sustainable development and social change in Nepal, with special attention to the use of information communications technology (ICT). Program topics include water resources, disaster reconstruction, local and regional development, sustainable agriculture, food and nutrition, education, urban planning, democratic governance, and public health. Participants will also develop intercultural communication, transdisciplinary collaboration and community-engaged research skills.
Fall Introduction Seminar
The fall seminar will provide an overview of key background, including: (1) Nepalese history, geography, demographics, governance and current events, (2) rudimentary Nepali language skills, (2) systems of international aid, and (3) conceptual underpinnings of intercultural collaboration. This course will also emphasize team-building, getting to know some of our Nepalese collaborators online, introduction to Nepal’s northern California diaspora community, and travel preparation. The class will meet in the evening to avoid scheduling conflicts with other courses.
The in-country program will focus on the roles of young people in the rapid processes of social change in Nepal, with special attention to the use of information communications technology (ICT) in facilitating this change. The in-country program will pair UCD students with Nepalese university students. We will explore key development challenges facing Nepalese communities and civic and public policy responses to these challenges. These will include: water resources, disaster reconstruction, local and regional development, sustainable agriculture, food and nutrition, education, urban planning, democratic governance, and public health. Hands-on, community-engaged applied research projects will provide unique opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and mutual-learning between US and Nepalese students.
Students on Seminars Abroad programs earn regular UC Davis course credit which may be used to fulfill degree, major, minor, General Education (GE) requirements. Students should consult with their academic advisor and General Catalog to see if Seminars Abroad courses will fulfill their academic requirements.