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Introduction to Integrated Development Planning with the Threshold 21 Model Framework

  • ECTS credits5
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeGEO-SD230
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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Level of Study

Bachelor

Semester of Instruction

Spring

Place of Instruction

Access to internet: This is a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), - and is offered via internet.

Objectives and Content

Purpose

The overall purpose of the course is to provide students, government officials, civil society organizations, and other actors involved with development planning with a basic understanding of:

  • Modeling and simulation as a vehicle in integrated development planning
  • How the fundamental mechanisms that drive development are represented in T21
  • The basic dynamics underlying various development issues and their structural origin
  • The scope and applicability of models such as T21
  • Methods of analyzing the dynamics of such models produced by simulation (scenario analysis)
  • Methods for the development and assessment of national strategies, and domain specific policies

Content

In order to achieve such an objective, participants are involved in the development of a scaled down version of T21 for a virtual country (Zambaqui), and in experimenting with that model. The fundamental understanding gained through the process is scalable and applicable to an actual T21 country application.

A comprehensive causal Loop Diagram (CLD )describing the fundamental feedback loops embedded in the T21 structure provides the fundamental framework for the course.

Each module focuses on a specific structural component and its implications for the dynamics of the model. The modules are conceived as separate components of the same overall case study for the virtual country of Zambaqui. The case study will involve studying and experimenting with T21; performing related modeling exercises; and reading relevant articles and book chapters.

The focus of the modules are:

1. The importance of balanced development between the Economy, Society and the Environment

2. How positive feedback loops constitute the engine of development, but may contribute to the reverse

3. How negative feedback loops can slow-down development and counteract policies, but may, at the same time, contribute to stabilization

4. How delays can create instabilities, i.e. worse before better (and better before worse) behavior

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

Knowledge

The student will;

  • recognize the need for integration in development planning
  • understand the basic principles of analysis, studying the relationship between dynamcs and struture in complex systems
  • understand how a model, such as T21, may facilitate integrated development planning, i.e. in;
    • problem identification
    • strategy developeemnt; and
    • policy design

Skills

The student will;

  • have the basic analytical skills to utilize a simulation model, such as T21, for the purpose of integrated development planning across sectors in society, - specifically the economic, the social and the environmental sectors;
  • have been introduced to theory, methods, techniquues and tools applicable in such planning.

General competence

The student will;

recognize the need for and the opportunited offered by simulation models in the dynamic analysis and impact assessment associated with integrated development planning.

Required Previous Knowledge

None

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

GEO-SD 230 overlaps with GEO-SD640 and GEO-SD302 so that you will not obtain credits once completed GEO-SD640 or GEO-SD302

Access to the Course

The course is open to graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Bergen.

Teaching and learning methods

This is a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), - and is offered via internet.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Students must go through the entire course and answer all questions in order to be allowed to take the exam.

Forms of Assessment

One week take home exam at the end of the course in the form of a project to be submitted electronically.

Examination Support Material

No restrictions

Grading Scale

A-F

Assessment Semester

Spring

Course Evaluation

Students receive an Internet based evaluation form.

Course Coordinator

Pål I. Davidsen

Department

Department of Geography

Contact

Contact Information

Department of Geography

Studieveileder@geog.uib.no