Global Changes and Sustainable Development


THIS ONLINE COURSE BELONGS TO THE GIEP MASTER PROGRAM: GREN 501/5201 – Global Changes and Sustainable Development (3 cr.)

This course focuses mainly in two important topics making an important impact in sustainable development: water and waste. It focuses on sustainable development and global changes – vital issues for humanity – with specific attention to the challenges in Egypt and developing countries, and their transition from unsustainable to sustainable development. The course prepares the students to face the community challenges and enable them to introduce the concept of sustainable development in the form of action plan. More information about this course is available in the catalog of American University in Cairo.


On completing this course, the student should be able to:

  • Articulate the complexity of global environmental change
  • Examine and evaluate local activities relevant to global environmental changes
  • Articulate a broad view of historical factors – scientific, political and social – that have led to concern about global environmental changes
  • Articulate barriers to and incentives for change in the adaptive management of global environmental changes, e.g., economic, cultural, political
  • Demonstrate knowledge and basic understanding of the field of sustainable development and natural resource management, including basic concepts, such as water management, waste management, green buildings, and renewable energy.



The MSc program in Sustainable Development is designed to take advantage of sustainable development as an economic growth opportunity. It aims to create a whole new generation of business and social entrepreneurs with the skills to allow them to start up green businesses, launch innovative ventures and products, and put in place public polic1y and social entrepreneurship innovations that, together, address society’s environmental and natural resources challenges. The program aims to provide students with a sound theoretical and practical understanding of innovation and entrepreneurship in all three sectors – private, governmental and non-profit – in preparation for careers as entrepreneurs and “intrapreneurs” in a range of organizations.

Through this program, students will learn how to identify, assess and shape environmental ideas into real business opportunities, and how to support such ventures through entrepreneurial private, government and civil society initiatives. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, the course work combines a conceptual review of the relationships among business, industry, environment, policy and society, with a much more applied examination of the wide range of initiatives that relate to environmental management and sustainable economic development.


  • Water
    • The Global Water Situation
    • Water Scarcity and Water Distribution
    • The Water Situation in the MENA Region
    • The High Aswan Dam and the Grand Ethiopian Dam
  • Waste
    • Global Waste Management
    • Waste Generation
    • Waste Composition
    • Waste Collection
    • Solid Waste in Egypt
    • Waste Disposal


Activity Weight
Assignments 20%
Community Based Project 35%
Class Participation 15%
Final Exam 30%




  • Waslekar, The Blue Peace – Rethinking Middle East Water. 2011.
  • D. Hoornweg and P. Bhada-Tata, What a waste: a global review of solid waste management. 2012.

Teacher Introduction

General Information

Author: Dr. Hani Sewilam,
Credit Points: 3 CP
Estimated Effort: 6 h / week
Start: Aug, 08 2014
End: Nov, 14 2014