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NSLC College Credit Program School of International Service

NSLC College Credit Program School of International Service
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8071

NSLC Program—Engineering

Sustainable Development and Design  (1 credit)

Course taught primarily online. Students will attend introductory classes on campus and access instructional materials upon returning home at hours that suit their own schedules. This instruction may include lectures recorded by their professor, podcasts, documentaries, and group work. Readings and assignments will be available via AU's Blackboard platform. Professors remain accessible to student questions 30 days after the on-campus segment. 

Course Description: This American University course adds to your NSLC experience by introducing you to the concept of sustainable development. Engineers do a good deal more than build and fix things. As problem solvers, engineers can play a fundamental role in facing development challenges - or in making them worse. In this class, we will examine what drives the need for environmentally and socially sustainable design, and we will explore possible solutions. Some questions we will discuss are: What does it mean to design products that are good for people and for the planet? How do we build products without negative social and environmental impacts? How can engineers apply their skills to address problems in developing countries? This course builds on your NSLC field trips and workshops to explore sustainable engineering with a combination of design exercises, film excerpts and lectures. 

Course Outline

Professor: Emma Fawcett is a doctoral candidate in international relations and an instructor at the School of International Service, American University. Her research interests include international development, political economy, and social movement studies, with a regional focus on Latin America and the Caribbean. Her dissertation explores the political economy of tourism and development in Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the Mexican Caribbean. Emma researches the relationship between national tourism promotion policy and private sector investment in the mass tourism sector, and probes how the tourism industry might be mobilized for poverty reduction in developing countries. Previously, she was a Research Fellow at the Inter-American Development Bank, where she supported the Infrastructure and Environment Department in preparing the Tourism Sector Framework Document, which guides the Bank’s future investments in the sector. Emma is excited to return to the NSLC faculty; in 2014 and 2015, she taught Sustainable Development and Design and in 2013, she taught International Business and the Global Economy. She also teaches two courses in the Master of International Relations Online program at American University, Politics of Global Development and Foundations of Economic Development. Emma earned a BA from Rutgers University in political science and Spanish and an MS from The New School in nonprofit management and global policy.

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