Course objective:  As the natural resources are shrunken, global population is growing, and climate change is threatening our existence, achieving sustainable development needs new thinking. To harmonize human and nature for long-term co-existence and to address the socio-economic, political and cultural development in the region, it is important to have a broad-based understanding of development and sustainability. This course provides basic concepts related to development and sustainability especially in analyzing the situation in Asia. It equips students to have a sound basis to go further into their own specializations, by understanding the interlinkages of the frameworks and issues pertaining to development and sustainability.

The course is intended to introduce students to basic research design principles and a broad range of data collection and analysis methods. The course aims to prepare students to construct social and scientific inquiries as a pre-requisite for graduate level research, serving as a common basis for students of Department of Development and Sustainability.