The UC Davis Program for International Energy Technologies/D-Lab offers lab modules as an integrated feature of the curriculum. These lab modules include hands-on, practical experience in a laboratory setting, learning about small-scale, renewable energy. Lab modules include creating charcoal from agricultural waste, constructing a battery from inexpensive locally available components, understanding both the qualitative and quantitative aspects of lighting including exploring benefits and limitations of solar PV.
D-Lab I—Energy and Development: An Overview
Winter Quarter: This graduate level course reviews the history of energy in the context of developing countries, looking at the rise of appropriate technologies as well as the role of government agencies, the private sector and non-governmental organizations. The course includes hands-on labs (see description below) and students work closely with local partner organizations abroad on specific renewable energy or efficiency projects.
D-Lab II—Energy and Development: Design and Dissemination
Spring Quarter: This hands-on graduate level course is focused on finding solutions to overcoming barriers in the design and dissemination of energy technologies in the developing world. Multi-disciplinary student teams work collaboratively with local partner organizations abroad to examine and develop possible solutions to the issue(s) they have identified as critical. Solutions include both technological designs as well as delivery strategies and/or development of a business model. The curriculum includes lab modules, business development skills, case studies, independent research and guest speakers.
Science & Society 198 (spring quarter) Taught by: Lili Larson and Tu Jarvis
This course focuses on world poverty, its causes and effects, and explores the global debate about how best to alleviate it. Macro policy and micro interventions. Learn about global disparity in economic growth and development strategies. Is foreign aid a help or hindrance? Explore strategies targeted at raising the standard of living the poor.
This one unit seminar is for undergraduate students who are preparing to work abroad during the summer. The seminar meets once per week in a discussion format and will provide students with a theoretical framework, practical application, provocative readings and activities as well as lessons learned from practitioners with knowledge about working abroad in a developing country context.
Spring quarter seminar speaker series co-organized by the International Agricultural Development Graduate Group (IAD) and UC Davis Blum Center
Taught by Steve Hollingworth with Prof. Lovell (Tu) Jarvis, at the end of the Course, students will: Apply a self directed and problem solving approach to learning in line with the expectations of working in a NGO. Understand current issues and debates related to of the poor, the institutions which reach them and the paradigms, implementation, and evaluation tools useful for field practioners. Apply tools and approaches and issues which NGO field workers face in country assignments. Be introduced to new trends and approaches to Aid, Philanthropy, Government Programs and Market Based Approaches.