Elective VI: Sustainable Development

The aim of this course is to transfer knowledge and skills about how to promote sustainable attitudes and behaviours for facing threats such as climate change and environmental risks, loss of heritage and historic areas, spread of informality. Socio-psychological models and constructs explaining environment-related behaviours will be addressed, with a specific focus on natural and urban environments. A further issue will concern the effectiveness of communication campaigns for triggering sustainable behaviour at the community level.

Course ID
ARUD 476
Credit Hours

1. Define development, underdevelopment and sustainable development.
2. Explain the roles of architecture, urban design, technology and planning in development.
3. Explain the challenges associated with ideas of progress, the environment, resources and population.
4. Work with few tools and indicators of development: basic needs assessments, standard of living/quality of life, community participation.
5. Explain environmental degradation and sustainability.
6. Define the ‘3Es’ (ecology, economy and equity) associated with sustainable development.
7. Explain major psycho-social and socio-cultural theories of ecological behaviors of individuals and communities respectively.
8. Analyze selected cases of sustainable design, architecture or conservation initiatives
9. Examine selected successfully and not-so-successful communication campaigns for sustainable behaviors.
10. Develop sustainability literacy (knowledge, competences, values and attitudes related to sustainable development)
11. Apply few competencies related to environmental, economic and societal concern and Identity the implications of development programs on human well -being.