Second cycle degree in

Sustainable territorial development – climate change, diversity, cooperation

Class: LM-81 - Development co-operation

Class LM-81 - Development co-operation
Duration 2 years
Branch Padova
Language Italian
Programme coordinator MASSIMO DE MARCHI
Access Open access with admission requirements
Reference structures Department of civil, environmental and architectural engineering, School of engineering

The course, which has a strong international vocation, is characterised by lessons held in either French or English and by a path consisting of different training stages in Europe, from Padua to Leuven and Paris, and gives students the opportunity of doing internships and writing theses also in Brazil or Africa . The socio-territorial, environmental and economic dynamics are examined in depth. By the end of the course, you will be able to recognise the emergence of conditions favourable to sustainable development and to promote them, to design sustainable development processes and plan corrective practices. For instance, you may find employment in local territorial development entities, participate in the development of sector programs in public administrations, companies, NGOs, national and international agencies.

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Characteristics and objectives
The degree course is held in English and French. The course is also organized according to a fixed international mobility: the first semester in Padua, the II semester at KULeuven and the III semester at Univ. Paris 1, Panthéon - Sorbonne.
The IV sem (for internship and thesis) will be held in either one of theseuniversities: at the Dom Bosco Catholica University (Campo Grande / Brazil) or at one of three African partner universities at Cairo Univ., Ouagadougo Univ., and the Univ of Johannesburg. Students can apply for internships and research for the thesis even in the 3 non-academic partner organisations: Via-Via Tourism Academy - Belgium, Alda - Italy and Sebrae - Brazil.
The 4 pillars of sustainability are the connecting threads of the teachings that are distributed in the various locations involved: socio-spatial dynamics (Padua), environmental dynamics (Leuven), and economic dynamics(Paris) from an environmental and socio-cultural perspective. Finally, the four pillars are connected transversely by governance dynamics (i.e.policies).
Graduates will be able to recognize the emergence of favourable conditions for sustainable development and, simultaneously, to identify the conditions of unsustainability. Furthermore, they will be able to draw on the sustainability of the development processes and to plan corrective practices in contexts of unsustainability. Lastly, they will also be able to promote the establishment of conditions conducive to sustainable development.
In particular, in this respect, graduates will acquire an in-depth knowledge and will have the ability to apply—in full autonomy and even in particularly problematic contexts—the different methodologies used for the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programs and projects for sustainable development.
The course includes a kick-off seminar (3-4 days). This activity provides an orientation to the master through the involvement of all of the operational resources of the course. The propaedeutic efficacy of kick-off seminar (KOS) comes from creating a solid foundation for educational activities through the sharing of course content and the knowledge of the roles/tasks that are offered.
The course includes an on-site traineeship in collaboration with relevant agencies, associations, institutions, companies and NGOs, with the objective of conducting a case study that will provide the starting point for the master degree's final exam.

Occupational opportunities
Potential professional opportunities lie in the vast field of sustainable territorial development at the micro-, meso- and macro-scale/level. They concern context analysis and feasibility studies, activities in the framework of the project cycle, participation in the design and evaluation of policies and sector programs.
Workplaces: NGOs, public administrations at various levels, national and international agencies and organizations, professional associations and citizens' associations, companies.

  Teaching list

I Year COMMUNICATION, KNOWLEDGE AND SOCIO-CULTURAL AND ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT OF BELGIUM [CFU 3] TERRITORY, DEVELOPMENT AND ALTERNATIVES [CFU 6] COMMUNICATION, CULTURE AND KNOWLEDGE OF THE ITALIAN SOCIO-CULTURAL ENVIRONMENT [CFU 3] GEOVISUALIZATION OF TERRITORIAL CHANGE: DIGITAL EARTH AND PARTICIPATORY GIS [CFU 6] CRITICAL REVIEW OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT POLICIES AND PLANNING [CFU 3] FUNDAMENTALS OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND RESOURCE ECONOMICS [CFU 3] GLOBAL CHANGE, ECO-SYSTEMS AND SUSTAINABILITY [CFU 6] MODELLING LAND USE CHANGES [CFU 6] RECYCLING AND REUSE OF RAW MATERIALS [CFU 6] ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS AND RESOURCE VALUATION [CFU 6] GEOGRAPHY OF DEVELOPMENT [CFU 6] INTRODUCTION TO GEOPROCESSING [CFU 3] STRATEGIC SPATIAL PLANNING [CFU 6] BIODIVERSITY, LANDSCAPES AND HUMAN WELLBEING: EUROPE AND THE WORLD [CFU 6] TRANSFORMATIVE LEARNING, PARTICIPATION AND GROUP DYNAMICS [CFU 6] HUMAN COMPUTER INTERACTION [CFU 6] DATA ANALYSIS IN TERRITORIAL TRANSITION [CFU 3] UNESCO UNITWIN CULTURE, TOURISM, DEVELOPMENT [CFU 3] CULTURE AND TOURISM [CFU 3] GEOGRAPHIES OF MOBILITY AND TRANSPORTATION [CFU 3] HERITAGE AND SUSTAINABLE TOURISM DEVELOPMENT [CFU 3] TOURISM, GLOBALIZATION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT [CFU 3] URBAN POLITICAL ECOLOGY [CFU 3] CULTURAL ISSUES IN TERRITORIAL CHANGE [CFU 3] ENVIRONMENTAL CONFLICTS, CLIMATE JUSTICE AND SOCIAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT [CFU 6] PLACE MANAGEMENT ASSIGNMENT [CFU 9] DESTINATION MANAGEMENT ASSIGNMENT [CFU 9] II Year COMMUNICATION, CULTURE AND KNOWLEDGE OF FRENCH SOCIO-CULTURAL ENVIRONMENT [CFU 3] INTERNSHIP [CFU 12] WORKSHOP [CFU 6] CARTOGRAPHY - GIS [CFU 3] ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY [CFU 3] BUSINESS AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT [CFU 3] REGIONAL SUSTAINABLE STRATEGIES [CFU 3] TRANSPORTATION AND TERRITORIAL PLANNING [CFU 3] LOCAL PUBLIC SERVICES [CFU 3] URBANIZATION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT [CFU 3] LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT [CFU 3] TERRITORIAL PUBLIC POLICIES’ ASSESSMENT [CFU 3] FINANCE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT [CFU 3] DATA ANALYSIS [CFU 3] TERRITORIAL PROJECT WORK [CFU 3] APPLIED ECONOMETRICS [CFU 3] TECHNICAL INVESTIGATION [CFU 3]