The course 'Field Research' is targeted for all those interested in learning the basic tools and methods on how to conduct an effective and knowledge-gathering research on ground. Either you are an university student asked to write a paper about your experience in India or you simply decide to carry on a personal study, there are a series of information you will need to know in order to carry on a field research in an appropriate way.

In addition to it, the course is a much valuable tool for any project manager who wants to implement a successful project on ground, because it provides information on how to conduct a preliminary analysis of the context and tools to determine the feasibility of the project.

From the research design to the analysis of the data collected, passing from a very diverse range of data collection methods such as interviews and observation, this course exahusts in a very coincise however complete manner what any to-be researcher needs to be aware of.

Ecobuilding is a concept which is usually open to misinterpretation. It's the ​activity of making ​buildings that do not ​harm the ​environment, but is that even possible?

We tend to think that traditional materials are ecofriendlier than "modern" materials; we tend to think that everything made of bamboo, wood or earth is eco, but it's not always like that.

Ecobuilding includes many factors that shouldn't be forgotten. We have to take into account the location, transport, prize, climate conditions, needs and program, acceptance from the community to the materials and design we choose, availability of water, tools and machinery, etc. 

Poverty reduction is the ultimate measure of development effectiveness. This course is designed to examine thinking, policy and practice on vulnerability and poverty in India. It provides students with the knowledge and skills to engage professionally with the design, implementation and assessment of grassroot level efforts to reduce poverty.


·Week 1 - What is poverty?

·Week 2 - The causes of poverty

·Week 3 - A brief survey of poverty alleviation

·Week 4 - Social Enterprise

·Week 5 - Determinants of poverty

·Week 6 - Microfinance, Microcredit, and Microinsurance

·Week 7 - Poverty trends in India

·Week 8 - Development Aid

·Week 9 - Poverty and the Millennium Development Goals: problems and prospects

·Week 10 - EduCARE India's approach to poverty alleviation

This course provides a general introduction to the evolution of the concept of gender equality within the international human rights system. It provides a foundational understanding of the historical context of gender equality in India. Participants will gain an overview of the various topics related to gender equality and women's empowerment that are relevant to their practical internship work. 

This course is designed to enable students to gain a thorough understanding of community development combined with the practical skills necessary to work effectively in development work.  Both the structure and practice of community development around the world will be explored.  A critical analysis of different approaches to community development, their historical development and underlying assumptions will be discussed.  

 Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

Outline the historical development and underlying assumptions of different approaches to community development.

Identify the issues faced by the rapidly changing field of community development.

Distill key structures and practices for becoming more effective on the ground.


Weeks 1 & 2 - What is a Community?

Week 3- Historical Perspectives on Development and Under-development

Week 4 - Precursors to development

Week 5  - Why Bottom Up Instead of Top Down?

Week 6 - Planning Versus Searching

Week 7 - Poverty and development

Week 8 - Participation and development

Week 9 - ABCD approach

Week 10 - Sustainability and development

Week 11 - What Does the Future Hold for community development?

Week 12 - EduCARE India's approach to community development