EDSD 534: Policy and Planning for Sustainable Development_2022

This is a basic social research methodology course aims at developing acquaintance with key tenets of quantitative (i.e. positivistic), qualitative (i.e. interpretive and beyond), and mixed research designs. The course begins with introducing positivistic research traditions, thereby creating a space for interpretive and other traditions in social research; and thus celebrating both “old” and "new” paradigms of research. In this, the insufficiency of conventionally defined efficiency paradigm shall be discussed as a way of conceiving the primacy of context-based, cultural, and humanistic dimensions in broadening the scope of social research. This course shall further be enriched by discussing and using research methods of systematic and narrative literature review together with a host of metaphors for mapping the field of inquiry. Taking survey (and other quantitative research methods), ethnographic, phenomenological, and narrative inquiry methods at disposal learners will chart the journey of scholarship about different research designs. Finally, there will be an opportunity for students to familiarize themselves with different sets of quality and ethical standards needed by qualitative researchers.

Learning Outcomes:

·       Understand types of research paradigm and choose the appropriate research paradigm

·       Identify and discuss the complex issues inherent in selecting a research problem, selecting an appropriate research design, and implementing a research project

·       Demonstrate the ability to choose methods appropriate to research aims and objectives

·       Understand the limitations of particular research methods

·       Develop skills in qualitative and quantitative data analysis and presentation

·       Develop advanced critical thinking skills

·       Demonstrate enhanced writing skills

EDSD 513: Statistical Techniques for Research(3)

EDSD 528: Communication in Sustainable Development (3)

The objective of this course is to provide students with an introduction to various approaches to the connection of the economics and sustainability. The course will provide students with the basic concepts and associated tools needed to enable them to analyze issues and problems at the boundary of the economy and the sustainable development issues from a range of viewpoints. Most of the problems we address in environmental studies is embedded in one way or another to the functioning of the economy. However, we regularly take this essential basic component of our general public as guaranteed, considering it to be an intricate subject best left to economic "specialists" and their models. This course expects to get through these boundaries
This course aims to break through these barriers. It looks to furnish understudies with a progressed, yet exceedingly available preface to the different ways to deal with the relationship amongst financial aspects and sustainability. It tests key inquiries that are indispensable for the work we do in natural reviews, yet which frequently need clear answers:
• Is economic development great or terrible in nature?
• Do we have to put a cost on nature keeping in mind the end goal to save it?
• Is it conceivable to plan a genuinely sustainable economy?
• What is the proper part of market signals in environmental policies?
This course looks at these inquiries, and in addition the reasons why distinctive market analysts normally give clashing responses to them. The point of the course is not to give a 'right answer' or prepare understudies specifically financial or numerical 'strategies'. Rather, it tries to furnish understudies with a comprehension of the contrasting perspectives and their related strategies, including their qualities, shortcomings and relevance in an arrangement setting
The five modules of this course empower students to develop theoretical understanding on different issues of economics and their linkages with the sustainable development. They also focus on the existing economic practices of development in the regional context of South Asian countries with a particular focus on Nepal and for developing critical understanding of the application of economic theories to the sustainable development. It enables students to understand specific economic issues and their relationship with sustainable through research approach.


Program: Master in Sustainable Development (MSD)
Course: Environmental Management (EDSD 522)
Credits: 03 Credits
Course Nature: Theory and Field Based
Facilitator: Yadav Prasad Kandel, PhD
Duration: 1 semester (Feb-July 2022)

Course Description

This course aims to provide the managerial concepts in environment sector/management. It includes the technical and scientific approaches and relevant study and preparation on the area of Environmental Management.

This course includes the following areas: Basics to Natural Resources, its categories and management concepts; Environmental planning, policies, taxation, laws/regulations; Environmental management tools (EIA, SEA, etc.); Techniques (Soil and water conservation/management; Water pollution and control; Solid waste management; Air, sound pollution monitoring and control; Authorities and institutional (user groups) roles/responsibilities in environment management are component in the course.

 General Course Objectives

By the end of the coursework the scholars will be able to:

  • Explain, understand and disseminate the differences between the natural capital and manufactured capital and their relative differences and source to both capitals.
  •  Understand and have a skill towards identifying different Natural Capital/Resources and their management concepts.
  • Understand the importance and use of Environment Management tools; Environmental Planning, policies, IEE, EIA, and SEA.
  • Environment Principles Technologies as new/alternative technologies in Environment Management.
  • Explain and understand about DRR/M practices and Protected Area Management (PAM).

Instructional Methods: Lecture/Reading, real time field investigations, discussion, critical readings, guest speakers and writing assignments

Course Completion Requirements

Scholars are required to merit (obtain least out of 100) in each piecemeal assignment as well as final Paper Based Test (PBT) to successfully complete the coursework.

Each unit has specific learning outcomes, which will be further elucidated during the delivery of each lessons.