Academic Information

  • La Sabana's Latin American Studies Program is aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students from varying disciplines. The Program appeals to students studying business, economics, international relations, politics, international studies, or cultural studies.
  • Upon demand. students will take at least one course per academic stream.
  • Students will be required to complete a final assessment for the course. Assessments may vary depending on the course and may include research papers, oral presentations, class participation, etc. Transcripts will be issued.
  • Language of instruction: English, minimun level required for students: B1/B2.

Sustainable Development in Latin America

Sustainable Development is a Holistic concept, one that is more commonly known as: "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs," according to the Brundtland Commission. This new mindset has to be introduced from an early stage in young people's professional years. In order to raise awareness among the emerging generations, new light has to be shed upon SD as a transversal axis in the students' curricula. Therefore, people will more likely integrate sustainable measures in their daily lives, both personally and professionally. Design and Sustainability both combined are in major need, due to today's trending unsustainable life styles.

  • General objective: to get familiar with the different applications and aspects of SD, as a holistic concept; also to learn about product & service development techniques, which will become key tools to elevate ideas from a conceptual level to a tangible one. The aim of this subject is to deliver up to date, local and broader in context content about social, economic and environmental aspects in Latinamerica, which makes it pertinent for any student no matter their academic background. 
  • Specific objectives: to emphasize in the investigative, exploratory and creative processes, prior to design of products, processes or services; to develop projects that are based on real problems within society and its many sectors, enabling an interdisciplinary environment and cooperation among students; to deliver a class that balances theory and hands on experiences.
  • Methodology: In order to be coherent with the nature of the class, several alternative learning methodologies will be applied, such as: field work, tailored lectures, at least one guest speaker, workshops, literature & video seminars and in depth projects of design; presentations and cross critics will also take place. Each class is designed to create a different experience.
  • Evaluation criteria:

The learning outcomes will be reached through a programme divided into modules. In order to obtain a pass in this course the following requirements must be fulfilled:

  1.  Active participation at lectures and other scheduled activities (at least 80% presence)
  2.  Active participation in seminars
  3.  Submission of course assignment in the form of a report and posters
  • Bibliography:

LEONARD, Annie, 2010. The Story of Stuff, Fondo de Cultura Económica. / PURVIS, Martin, 2004. Exploring Sustainable Development, Geographical Perspectives, London, Earthscan Publications. / DIAZ COUTIÑO, Reynol, 2011. Desarrollo Sustentable, Una Oportunidad Para La Vida, México D.F., Mc Graw Hill. / HOLMBERG, John, 1998. Backcasting: a natural step in operationalising sustainable development. Greener Manage. / ABOULEISH, Ibrahim, Sekem Case Study. / SPEAKS, Michael, 2005. After Theory, Architectural Record, p.72-75. / SENI, Dan A., 2004. Function Analysis, University of Quebec, Canada. / DRIMMELEN, Renate van, 2013. New Business Models for Sustainable Development, Handbook of Sustainable Engineering, TU Delft, p.859-879. / MULDER, Karel F., 2013. Strategies for Sustainable Technologies: Innovation in Systems, Products, and Services, Handbook of Sustainable Engineering, TU Delft, p.881-894. / MAXWELL, Dorothy, 2013. Sustainable Consumption, Handbook of Sustainable Engineering, London, UK, p.691-705. / HERRMANN, Christoph, MOELLER, Guenter, 2013. Sustainable Design Engineering: Design as a Key Driver in Sustainable Product and Business Development, Handbook of Sustainable Engineering, Munich, Germany, p.707-722