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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
SUSTAINABLE TERRITORIAL DEVELOPMENT
Course unit
CRITICAL REVIEW OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT POLICIES AND PLANNING
SFN1042768, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SUSTAINABLE TERRITORIAL DEVELOPMENT
IA2447, Degree course structure A.Y. 2018/19, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 3.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination CRITICAL REVIEW OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT POLICIES AND PLANNING
Website of the academic structure www.dissgea.unipd.it
Department of reference Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch Univ. of Leuven
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in SUSTAINABLE TERRITORIAL DEVELOPMENT

Lecturers
No lecturer assigned to this course unit

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines AGR/01 Rural economy and evaluation 3.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 3.0 24 51.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Syllabus
Examination methods: There is a wide range of evaluation approaches. These approaches concern formative and summative objectives. This is in line with targeted learning outcomes that focus on knowledge and insights, application skills and communication in a balanced way.
The variety of evaluation approaches is also due to the fact that the courses are offered in combinations with different study programs belonging to different universities.
The first group of exams is written and usually, essays are written. This type of evaluation allows a more creative and research-oriented approach. When the essay reflects student research, it must show the ability to clearly formulate research questions, organize and conduct research, apply appropriate methods, be able to collect data in the field and analyze that data.
Next, students must be able to discuss the results and include them in the broader scientific debate. Furthermore, the structure and writing of the essay must comply with the correct and academic writing rules. In many cases, the evaluation of the process, peer evaluation and/or presentation are related to the quality of the essay writing.
The second group of exams is implemented orally. This way they can be customized and are more interactive. Many courses have a policy of oral exams as a standardized procedure (questions, presentation, peer/self-assessment). This allows students to express themselves actively and dialogically.
Oral exams are particularly suited to test understanding/insights and the application of knowledge as they encourage students to produce clear communication and express their personal attitudes. As for the essays, an integrative oral evaluation allows a more creative and research-oriented approach.
Course unit contents: Sustainable Development concepts have emerged internationally since the late 60s – early 70s of the past century.

One of the key policy documents remains Agenda 21 as an outcome of the so-called “Earth Summit” Rio 1992. Meanwhile, international, national as well as local efforts have been made to implement this Agenda 21.

At the recent Johannesburg 2002 World Summit, some specific millennium goals have been emphasized.

The search for realistic, implementable and attainable sustainable development policies continues and should also lead to improved human settlements planning.

The course sets first a framework by discussing key elements from the last 30 years:

- Stockholm 1972
- Rio 1992
- Johannesburg 2002

and related institutional frameworks. These elements are checked vis-à-vis their implementation in various contexts including a context of the course students who prepare and present a review of national/local policy documents and of specific case studies which have also relevance to the human settlement field.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)