A Student-centric Curriculum Design Process Towards a New Undergraduate Program in Urban Technology, Environment and Culture (UTEC)

TitleA Student-centric Curriculum Design Process Towards a New Undergraduate Program in Urban Technology, Environment and Culture (UTEC)
Faculty/College/UnitApplied Science
StatusActive
Duration1 Year
Initiation04/01/2018
Funding Details
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2018/2019
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorMaged Senbel
Year 1: Funded Amount45,810
Year 1: Team Members

Maged Senbel, Associate Professor and Associate Director, School of Community and Regional Planning, Faculty of Applied Science
Michael Leaf, Associate Professor, Community and Regional Planning, Faculty of Applied Science
Leonora Angeles, Associate Professor, Community and Regional Planning, Faculty of Applied Science / Associate Professor, Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice
Martino Tran, Assistant Professor, Community and Regional Planning, Faculty of Applied Science / Co- Director, Master of Engineering Leadership in Urban Systems
Cynthia Girling, Professor, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Applied Science
Cecil C. Konijnendijk, Professor, Forest Resources Management, Faculty of Forestry,
Nathanael Lauster, Associate Professor, Sociology, Faculty of Arts

Year 1: Summary

The TLEF project will enable the School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) to implement a student-centric curriculum design process towards a new undergraduate program in the interdisciplinary domain of Urban Technology, Environment and Culture (UTEC). SCARP launched its inaugural suite of undergraduate courses in AY2017/18, providing students with an intellectual and experiential learning outlet to explore the complexities of cities. These courses attempt to build on and connect to existing campus wide offerings to advance UBC’s commitment to Aboriginal engagement, intercultural understanding, international engagement and sustainability. Our student-centric approach will involve crucial student participation and input on curriculum design in the following ways: (1) systematic evaluation of SCARP’s undergraduate courses, (2) digital-optimized focus groups, and (3) one-day interactive Ideas Jam with faculty. Our goal is to create high-impact teaching and transformative learning that prepares students for an increasingly global and urban future.