Sustainability & Society (SS)

Asia contains some of the largest economies with a majority of new industrialized countries. There are new areas of demand calling for a more inclusive and innovative perspective beyond conventional theories, rationales, mechanism and institutes of global governance in Asia. In the era of crisis and challenges, innovative solutions to sustain developments had become pivotal in the new era of globalization. This course module covers geographical spectrum from Taiwan to its neighboring countries and Asian-pacific regions, spanning topics such as history, culture, politics, laws, local and national institutions to line up the quintessential knowledge for the contemporary/modern developments in Asia.

SS Capstone Projects/ Specialized Research

Anthropocene and Geopolitics

Since 1970, environment evolutions had turned its wave to social sciences that stirs up a troupe of scholars for new theories and methodologies to address the gravitating environment on earth. This course thus discusses the on-going evolvement of our planet by underpinning the monumental concept of “Planetary Turn”. The burgeoning of Anthropocene denotes how the growing population had confounded our planetary environment to an overwhelming degree that had long exceeded its limits. It also suggests that human beings had become the dominating forces propelling geological and planetary changes. Planet-earth has embarked on a new geological epoch full of undefined boundaries between geo-social relations that tender further discoveries. This thus endows missions for researchers in humanities and social sciences fields to seek and explore the geo-political connections, reinterpreting human relations with earth through performance and arts.

From week 10 to week 15, classes will be hold in Taipei Fine Arts Museum (TFAM). ICI is honored to have Prof. Bruno Latour as mentor for course activity, Negotiation Theatre. Prof. Latour and his phenomenal works—Politics of Nature, Facing Gaia, and Down to Earth— prophesize the collapse of modernity and the fact that our world is facing the dire ecological crisis. Following the successful bi-annual exhibition, Post-Nature: Museum as an Exhibition in 2018, the TFAM invites Prof. Bruno Latour and the distinguished curator, Martin Guinard-Terrin, for the upcoming exhibition in 2020. The 2020 bi-annual exhibition will be in close collaboration with local Taiwanese scholars for a series of public programs. One of the Open Exhibitions scheduled to be exhibited from November to April 2021 is the concerted efforts of ICI with other universities specialized in STS research (Science, Technology and Society). Students enrolled in this class will need to participate and take on roles as observers for the environmental issues, act out their opinions on stage for Negotiation Theatre, and debate on problems such as the dispose of nuclear wastes, and climate changes.

Global Health Governance

With fast-pacing development on world-trade, international transportation, immigration, and industrial revolution, the recurring health issues (e.g. contagious disease, non-contagious disease, career hazards…etc.) beckons governors to break out the norms traditionally dissecting into regions and countries and seeks to inspect the gaps in the international system for managing complex issues and to engage stakeholders on practical steps for solutions that meets current trends. This course pays particular attention to build up students’ critical, analytic and problem-solving skills so that students can apply comprehensive strategies to assess the resolutions of government policy.

Besides its academic rigor, this course features arrays of speakers exemplary in cross-disciplinary researches for seminars and lectures. From week 15 to week 16, WHO simulation exercises will be hold for students to put knowledge into practice through real-time scenarios. By playing roles as delegates from different countries, students will need to implement and integrate theories learnt from classes for solutions, developing attributes of agility and adaptability most valued for leaders in a globalized world.

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