Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Development
 
The main purpose of the Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Development is to contribute to the socio-economic development of the nation, particularly in poverty reduction initiatives and sustainable rural development by building national capacity in the formulation, implementation and management of holistic and inclusive rural development. This effort requires practitioners with a broad-based and multidisciplinary background, equipped with a sound knowledge of social, environmental and other applied sciences pertinent to sustainable development. It offers students deeper insights into the crucial issues related to the sustainability debate, such as population growth, resource use, poverty alleviation, technology development, lifestyles, environmental protection, consumerism, development paradigms, trade, and economic growth. In this endeavour, the programme is designed to develop a cadre of professionals with knowledge and competencies in a range of social sciences and applied sciences pertinent to sustainable rural development and rural resource management, thus filling the human resource gap in this area of sustainable development. The broad based programme prepares graduates for a career as researchers, development specialist, project and programme managers, planners and field workers. Graduates will be able to find employment in various government agencies, NGOs, international organisations, and private sector. Further, the programme will prepare the graduates to assume leadership position in local governments and pursue career in politics.
 
Objectives
 
The programme aims to equip students with the ability to demonstrate a broad knowledge of fundamental precepts across a range of disciplines such as social science, development management, agriculture, environment and natural resources management, and economic development. It prepares students with the knowledge and skills to analyse problems and issues, formulate potential resolutions and alternatives. The programme also aims at providing knowledge and skills to formulate, plan, implement and evaluate sustainable, sound and holistic development programmes and projects.
 
Curriculum structure
 
The Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Development programme will be of 360 credits, spread over 6 semesters. In each semester there will be 5 modules of 12 credits each. A special feature of the programme is the Field Project during which they will also carry out a research project of their interest.
 
Year
Semester
Module Title
Module Code
Credit
 
 
I
 
 
I
Introduction to Sociology
SOC 101
12
Organizational Management & Leadership
MGT 101
12
Academic Writing Skills
ACS 101
12
Information Communication Technology
ICT 101
12
Dzongkha Language
DZG 101
12
 
 
I
 
 
II
Analytical Skills
GSE 101
12
Bhutanese Society & Culture
SOC 102
12
Environmental Studies
EVS 101
12
Principles of Ecology & Ecosystem
EVS 102
12
Introduction to Sustainable Development
DEV 101
12
 
 
II
 
 
I
Introduction to Development Communication
COM 201
12
Public Health for Sustainable Development
PHD 201
12
Development Economics
ECN 201
12
Sustainable Livestock Production
AGR 201
12
Sustainable Crop Production
AGR 202
12
 
 
II
 
 
II
Statistics
STS 201
12
Research Method in Social Science
RES 201
12
Sustainable Infrastructure Development
DEV 202
12
Agri-business & Marketing
EDP 202
12
Entrepreneurship Development
EDP 201
12
 
 
III
 
 
I
Geographical Information System & Remote Sensing
GIS 301
12
Integrated Watershed Management
NRM 301
12
Community-based NRM & Ecotourism
NRM 302
12
Natural Resources Economics
NRM 303
12
Environmental Governance & Sustainable Land Management
NRM 304
12
 
III
 
II
Field Study on Sustainable Development
PRW 301
24
Project Planning & Management
MGT 302
12
Introduction to Public Policy Processes
DEV 303
12
Climate Change & Adaptation
NRM 305
12
 
Note: 1 CR = 12 notional hours of learning which includes student’s efforts
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