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.

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

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