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Unit 1. Introduction to the contents of the course "Future of Development"


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Introduction to the contents of the course "Future of Development". Unit 1. Envisioning the future

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Unit 1. Introduction to the contents of the course "Future of Development"

  1. 1. Program for today: Framework of the course: • Course organization information • Introduction on the emerging framework for the course – Themes that will be dealt with in this course • Game: Where Am I going? • Assignment to be prepared for next session: – In order to get a first taste of how everything is connected, we will explore the theme of ‘human consumption and different ideologies’ – by watching a short documentary and answering the assigned questions
  2. 2. Course organization • We will meet on the Mondays and Wednesdays (block 2) • From 3.45 pm – 6.15 pm
  3. 3. Fundamental concepts for this course (1): 1. Development: – What is development? • Theory of Human Development and Capability Approach: Freedom and Agency – How is development manifested in multi-areas of society and in the life of Individuals? – Multi-indicators of development • Sustainability criteria • Development indicators, among others: – economic progress, social progress & social equality, communal and individual well-being, environment, health & education, democracy & civic participation
  4. 4. Fundamental concepts for this course (2): 2. Envisioning the future and creating social change: – Understanding social change – Futures thinking skills: envisioning the future – Scanning the now – Trends and scenario’s – Reflect on the road ahead
  5. 5. Fundamental concepts for this course (3) 3. The big transformation trend: Globalization • Aruba is navigating a globalizing world • What is globalization? • Interdependence and systems thinking • Opportunities and dilemas
  6. 6. Contents of the course (1) • Unit 1. Future thinking: envisioning the future – (wed: November the 17th) • Unit 2. Human development and Capability approach I – (mon: November the 22th) • Unit 3. Human development and Capability approach II – (wed: November the 24th) • Unit 4. Understanding change: an introduction to the theories of social change – (mon: November the 29th) • Unit 5. Practicing with Trends and scenario’s – (wed: December the 1st ) • Unit 6. Indicators of development & sustainability 1 – (mon: December the 6th )
  7. 7. Contents of the course (2) • Unit 7. Indicators of development & sustainability 2 – (wed: December the 8th ) • Unit 8. Population studies and theories – (mon: January the 3rd ) • Unit 9. Globalization – (wed: January the 7th ) • Unit 10. Dilemma’s and opportunities – (mon: January the 10th) • Unit 11. Presentation of change agents projects (concept version) – (wed: January the 12th )
  8. 8. Literature • Consult the Wikispace for the assigned literature and additional resources:
  9. 9. Contact teacher • Teacher contact: • Room C.E.C no. 9 • Telephone Ext. 240
  10. 10. Assessment: The Change Agents Project (team-work) • Work in teams of 3 • Think of a future problem/dilemma for the development of Aruba – make an analysis of this in terms of situation now (scan) – why this is a problem (rationale) – and how this will keep up being a problem in the future (trends and scenario) • Write a report/plan on how you think you can contribute to the solution – be bold, be creative, out-of the box thinking is stimulated, but also the ability to show me how this plan is feasible (make it realistic: SMART) – And how this plan will contribute to multi development indicators – Present a first concept of your ‘change agent project’ in our last class, the feedback you get from the class is a valuable input for your definite plan
  11. 11. •be bold, •be creative, •‘out-of the box’ thinking is stimulated, •but also the ability to show how this plan is feasible •Make it SMART S = Specific M = Measurable A = Attainable R = Relevant T = Time-bound
  12. 12. Where Am I going
  13. 13. Game: Where am I going? Backcasting method • Four groups – Where am I now – Where will I be in five years – Where will I be in ten years – Where will I be in twenty years
  14. 14. Aspects to consider • Consider what you think about: – Place – Home – Family – Friends – Leisure – Career
  15. 15. Discussion • Each group discusses these aspects and gives feedback to the rest of the group, record one or to key points of your discussion • After this each student will fill in the ‘Where am I going sheet’ for him/herself, this is followed by a class discussion. • Pay attention to the following questions: – Where do you see yourself in relation to the four themes at the different staging posts? – What skills do you think you might need for each of these stages? – How do you arrive at each point?