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Nepal—Community, Technology, and Sustainability

Academics

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.

In-Country Seminar

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.

Syllabus

Community and Regional Development (CRD) 153A and 198 - Draft Syllabus (PDF)

Courses

Community and Regional Development (CRD) 153A. International Community Development: Asia (4 units)

Community and Regional Development (CRD) 198. Directed Group Study (2 units)

Prerequisites

None