865-0024-00L  The SDGs in an Urbanising World

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersS. Patel, J. Neve
Periodicitytwo-yearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentOnly for MAS/CAS in Development and Cooperation students, as well as specialists with at least 24 months of practical experience in international cooperation.
Doctoral students dealing with empirical research in the area of development and cooperation (EZA) may be admitted "sur Dossier".

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865-0024-00 GThe SDGs in an Urbanising World
Block course: 20.11. – 22.11.2023
Ort: CLD 1
24s hrsS. Patel, J. Neve

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AbstractThis course draws out good practices in promoting sustainability development at the city level. Participants gain insights on designing urban-​focused development interventions.
ObjectiveHistorically, cities have been hubs of innovation, economic activity and rising prosperity. However, the unprecedented speed and scale at which cities are growing today is a huge challenge. As epicenters of migration, environmental degradation, health hazards and unemployment, urban areas are especially vulnerable to disasters, social conflict and inequality. Despite this, some of the most promising initiatives to achieve the SDGs have been implemented by cities. What strategies and processes do successful city-​based initiatives pursue? How can development organisations support mainstreaming the SDGs at the local level? What can be learnt from experiences so far? This course draws out good practices in promoting sustainability and equity at the city and local level. Participants gain insights on designing urban-​focused development interventions.
ContentKey Topics:
- Drivers, dynamics and challenges of urbanization 
- The urban-​rural continuum – why does it matter?
- Localisation of global development and sustainability agendas: challenges and opportunities
- Three to four case studies selected from the following: informal settlements, urban food systems, WASH, children’s well-​being, circularity, migration. 
Prerequisites / NoticeStudents of the course must fulfill requirements specified on the homepage of NADEL. Electronic registration may be done only after registration with the NADEL secretariat.
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesfostered
Personal CompetenciesCritical Thinkingfostered

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ECTS credits1 credit
ExaminersS. Patel, J. Neve
Typeungraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.

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