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The 5-week self-paced course helps learners understand the why, when, what and how of economic policymaking through a combination of concepts and ideas, cases and examples and thought-provoking discussion questions.

If you are a researcher, academic, student, development sector professional or a practitioner who is keen to reach the research-based knowledge you have created to a wider audience, this course is for you.

This course offers a diagnosis of what housing justice looks like as well as the modes and practices that can move us towards it ranging from activism and direct action to public policy and participatory governance.

The course will be of value to anyone who is interested in learning about how cities function, the modern urban challenges that are emerging in the context of recent history and how these challenges can be addressed through a multidisciplinary approach.

The Solar Decathlon India (SDI) is a challenge for postgraduate and undergraduate students from Indian institutions to learn and design net-zero-energy-water, affordable and resilient design solutions for real, live projects to combat Climate Change through the buildings sector.

The Art and Science of Economic Policy

The online course, ‘The Art and Science of Economic Policy: A View from India’, is being jointly offered by IIHS Board Member Vijay Kelkar, along with his co-author Ajay Shah and Aromar Revi, Director, IIHS as Academic Director. This course enables citizens, public servants and learners to understand the implications of various aspects of governing a Republic. The course builds on intense research and reflection, and the faculty’s experience of more than 60 years as civil servants and professional economists in India. The course helps learners try to answer, among others, one key question: ‘What do we need to do to make our tryst with destiny?’

 

TASEP is a free online course with an option for learners to gain verified certificates for a small fee. Interested learners may enrol on the course here or write to us at Courseteam_TASEP@iihs.ac.in for more information.

 

You can enrol on the course through this link.

Writing and Disseminating Grey Literature

To help researchers, academics and development sector professionals reach their research work to a wider audience, IIHS has created an online course titled ‘Writing and Disseminating Grey Literature’. This is a six-module self-paced course, available on Coursera.

While research work like reports, working papers, government documents, white papers, evaluations, etc. are produced through a process involving rigorous research and fieldwork, there is a significant dearth of access to this knowledge among non-academic communities, including practitioners, policymakers and citizens. At the same time, newer platforms for knowledge dissemination across digital, print and multimedia channels have made information from grey literature more available and accessible to lay readers.

 

This course helps academics, researchers and development sector professionals who are keen to reach their new research-based knowledge and adopt newer writing techniques, such as data stories, photo essays, opinion pieces, map-based stories and infographics.

 

Grey Literature is a free online course with an option for learners to gain verified certificates for a small fee. Interested learners may enrol on the course here or email Courseteam_GL@iihs.ac.in for more information.

Housing Justice: A View from Indian Cities

‘Housing Justice: A View from Indian Cities’ is a five-module self-paced course, hosted on Coursera. The course introduces learners to different approaches to thinking about housing justice, bringing together material, ecological, social and spatial approaches to thinking about housing.

This course offers a diagnosis of what housing justice looks like as well as the modes and practices that can move us towards it ranging from activism and direct action to public policy and participatory governance. The course helps learners to think in a particular way about known problems in housing, i.e., using a framework of housing justice. This new framing allows one to see the housing question in a different way that opens up different practice approaches and charts this journey from re-framing the problem and offering appropriate approaches to action.

 

Specifically, the course will benefit those who are interested in improving access to affordable, adequate and viable housing to urban residents. These could include:

 

  • Policymakers
  • Members of public and state institutions
  • Urban practitioners
  • Activists and organisers
  • Researchers and academics
  • Students

 

Housing Justice is a free online course with an option for learners to gain verified certificates for a small fee. Interested learners may enrol on the course or email Courseteam_HJ@iihs.ac.in for more information.

Sustainable Cities

The Sustainable Cities course has been designed and developed by IIHS, in partnership with the SDG Academy. The nine-module self-paced course is available on edX. More than 40,000 learners from 160 countries have benefited from its world-leading pedagogy, which incorporates insights from 27 of the world’s leading urbanists and case studies from cities around the world in the form of engaging lecture videos, discussion activities and interactive exercises.

 

Sustainable Cities examines how urban sustainability can be delivered with increased productivity and reduced inequality; provision of universal basic services and infrastructure; protection of urban environments; and other solutions and investments, both speculative and in action, around the world.

 

The course will be of value to anyone who is interested in learning about how cities function, the modern urban challenges that are emerging in the context of recent history and how these challenges can be addressed through a multidisciplinary approach. 

Specifically, the course will benefit:

  • Graduate students and advanced undergraduate students in architecture, real estate development, sustainable development, sustainable business, international development, public policy and other related domains
  • Sustainable development practitioners interested in the elements of sustainability that impact urban areas worldwide
  • Private-sector actors, such as those who work in real estate development, technology, telecommunications, transportation, or energy – whose work can contribute to and redefine urban areas
  • Anyone interested in the concept of sustainable cities – including those interested in the development of their own local community – who wants to understand the foundations of modern urban development

Sustainable Cities is a free online course with an option for learners to gain verified certificates for a small fee. Interested learners may enrol on the course here or email the course team at cities@sdgacademy.org for more information.

Solar Decathlon India

The Solar Decathlon India is a challenge for postgraduate and graduate students from Indian institutions to empower the next generation to combat climate change in the buildings sector. About 100 teams, comprising almost 1,300 students across various disciplines, including Architecture, Town Planning and Engineering, from leading universities across India participated in the second year of the competition, along with their faculty guides.

The DBL programme at IIHS contributed to Solar Decathlon India in two ways. The first was managing the setup, customisation and management of the Moodle-based Learning Management Systems (LMS) where all the learning resources were hosted and accessed by the participants.

 

The second was in helping create learning resources for the participants. The learning resources included 10 Self Learning Modules of about 45 minutes each. These Self Learning Modules offer a rich multimedia learning experience to the participants and are designed and developed by the animators, graphic artists, instructional designers, technical specialists and video producers in the DBL team. The modules use a mix of highly engaging, visually rich audio-visual learning resources that consist of carefully designed animations to illustrate the fine technical aspects of net-zero-energy building design principles.