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Design for Sustainable Development: Uganda

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Design for Sustainable Development: Uganda

This course will be fosused on projects in collaboration with the peoples of the Kamuli District of Uganda East Africa in addressing issues they deal with in their daily lives. These include (but not restricted to) climate change, more sustainable livelihoods, & education.
• Have a deeper understanding of Africa, its histories, cultures, & its many contributions to the world.
• Ability to critically evaluate and identify effective and ineffective forms of “aid” or service.
• Understand the upmost importance of understanding cultural context.
• Understand the importance of the voice of the stakeholder(s) & that real development involves real collaboration.
• Have a strong sensitivity to the importance of honest cultural competencies.
• Approach service-learning projects openly & with confidence.
• Understand the importance of applying appropriate technologies in any given situation.
• Learn to work as a collaborative team of both fellow students and community stakeholders.
• Understanding of how each of us can make a real and effective difference.
• Primmer on African history and culture & projects exploring the continent at a deeper level.
• We will talk about the history of development in Africa, the good, the bad, & the ugly. We will also try to define sustainable development.
• Learn to use an asset based community development model in design.
• Studio projects will include: Handicraft product design in collaboration with the women of Tusubila in Uganda. Working with natural dyes. Designing workshops for a social entrepreneurship club & for art students at the surrounding schools. There will also be projects focused on addressing issues in the area of Uganda I continue to identifying additional projects.
• Students choosing the travel part of the course will implement a number of these projects on the ground in Uganda.

Course Credit
  • Variable
Iowa State University Innovate @ Iowa State
  • Social Entrepreneurship
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • No Poverty
  • Zero Hunger
  • Quality Education
  • Gender Equality
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Life on Land
  • Partnerships for the Goals
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Will this course be cross-listed?


Days/times for the course

TTH 2:10- 5:00

Field trip locations


Field trip schedule

May 15 through June 5

Suggested course fee


Teaching faculty name(s)

Chris Martin

All ISU Majors
  • Juniors
  • Seniors and graduate students
Maximum enrollment