Ph.D. in Sustainable Development

About the Program

This Ph.D. aims to deepen through study and research the different conceptual approaches to the theme of sustainable development from a multidisciplinary perspective, under a scenario that considers the improvement of the standard of living, rationalization of the State and sustainable development; also taking into account, the international scenario that points to higher technologies, in a globalizing, competitive and of formation of economic and political blocs context.

The challenge of the current sustainable development is to prepare human resources focused towards:

Making compatible both dimensions, development and sustainability and even more, to achieve through these actions, to reinforce both, ceasing to create a dilemma. A classic example is the sustainable exploitation of forests. A correct policy has been proposed in allowing a felling to the point that its regeneration can have a continuity, by the simultaneous efforts of planting and taking care of trees.

Professionals from the disciplines of the production of goods and services involved or interested in the tasks of sustainable development but lacking knowledge in the social sciences and understanding of this knowledge under an integral approach, such as biologists, geographers, engineers in all their fields of expertise, agronomists, pharmaceutical chemists, doctors, architects, ecotourists, business administrator, accountants and auditors, and others.

Human behavior scientists such as anthropologists, sociologists, psychologists, economists, historians, social workers, lawyers, political scientists, educators, doctors, internationalists, communicators and others, but trained outside the concern for sustainable development.

The professionals described above and who may be included in universities, private companies, government and civil society or non-governmental organizations, NGOs, which are increasingly aware of the interchangeability of methodologies and techniques between the private and public sector. At the same time, private enterprise must update its projection in a social and political context towards increasing social responsibility. In fact, this approach has honored the helix approaches consisting of the sectors mentioned as engines of innovation and the Master’s Degree in Public-Private Strategies in Sustainable Development will lean on these strategies that are underway in both developing and developed countries under the name “Triple and Quadruple Helix” (González de la Fe, 2009, Arnkil et al, 2010).

Data Sheet

  • Faculty: IDS
  • Area: Scientific Research
  • Title: Ph.D
  • Duration: 2 to 4 years
  • Modality: Presence based
  • Period of activities: Night shift
  • Academic Term: Semester
  • Headquarters: Central Campus

Graduate Profile

The Graduate from the Ph.D. Program in Sustainable Development will possess the scientific knowledge, technical skills and humanistic attitudes necessary to redesign governmental and non-governmental institutions to orient them towards sustainable and participatory development and towards an efficient, effective and competitive management, multiplying the technical, scientific and humanistic resources that Guatemala requires in a context of globalization and competitiveness.

In addition, solid knowledge in the management of rapid research and evaluation techniques; cost/ benefit and cost/ effectiveness analysis, technical-financial assessment of negotiation, strategic planning, management information systems, scheduling techniques and critical pathways, personnel management and administration (all with a strong emphasis on concrete case studies).

Methodology

The doctoral candidate will have to participate in courses that fulfill a function of giving a solid base of knowledge to be able to carry out a research of high level.

This in order to enhance knowledge and thus generate in the doctoral candidates better criteria, experiences, perspectives and knowledge that lead them to a training as complete and comprehensive as possible, to carry out quality scientific research.

Curriculum

FIRST YEAR
  • FIRST CYCLE
  • SOCIOLOGY OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT I
    POLITICAL MODELS OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
    RESEARCH METHODOLOGY: PUBLICATION RULES
  • SECOND CYCLE
  • SOCIOLOGY OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT I
    SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND TERRITORIAL ORDINATION
    METHODOLOGY OF RESEARCH AND QUANTITATIVE ASSESSMENT
  • THIRD CYCLE
  • TOWARDS A CLIMATE SCIENCE SYSTEM AND ITS APPLICATIONS
    RESOLUTION OF CRISIS AND CONFLICTS ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
    ADVANCED STATISTICS
  • FOURTH CYCLE
  • STRATEGIES AND MEASURES FOR MITIGATION AND ADAPTATION OF CLIMATE CHANGE
    TAXATION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
    “SOFTWARE” APPLICATIONS FOR MASSIVE DATA MANAGEMENT
SECOND YEAR
  • FIFTH CYCLE
  • PLANNING TECHNIQUES APPLICABLE TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
    METHODOLOGY OF RESEARCH AND QUALITATIVE EVALUATION
    SUSTAINABILITY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY
  • SIXTH CYLE
  • SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND FOOD SECURITY
    ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION
    EVOLUTION OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, CLIMATE CHANGE AND COOPERATION
  • 7TH CYCLE
  • SEMINAR 1 OF THE READING MODULE
    SEMINAR 2 OF THE READING MODULE
    ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS
  • EIGHTH CYCLE
  • RESEARCH THESIS SEMINAR I
    RESEARCH THESIS SEMINAR II
    INTEGRAL RISK AND DISASTER MANAGEMENT
THIRD YEAR
  • NINETH CYCLE
  • DOCTORAL THESIS RESEARCH I
  • TENTH CYCLE
  • DOCTORAL THESIS RESEARCH II

Curriculum

FIRST YEAR
  • FIRST CYCLE
  • SOCIOLOGY OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT I
    POLITICAL MODELS OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
    RESEARCH METHODOLOGY: PUBLICATION RULES
  • SECOND CYCLE
  • SOCIOLOGY OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT I
    SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND TERRITORIAL ORDINATION
    METHODOLOGY OF RESEARCH AND QUANTITATIVE ASSESSMENT
  • THIRD CYCLE
  • TOWARDS A CLIMATE SCIENCE SYSTEM AND ITS APPLICATIONS
    RESOLUTION OF CRISIS AND CONFLICTS ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
    ADVANCED STATISTICS
  • FOURTH CYCLE
  • STRATEGIES AND MEASURES FOR MITIGATION AND ADAPTATION OF CLIMATE CHANGE
    TAXATION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
    “SOFTWARE” APPLICATIONS FOR MASSIVE DATA MANAGEMENT
SECOND YEAR
  • FIFTH CYCLE
  • PLANNING TECHNIQUES APPLICABLE TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
    METHODOLOGY OF RESEARCH AND QUALITATIVE EVALUATION
    SUSTAINABILITY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY
  • SIXTH CYLE
  • SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND FOOD SECURITY
    ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION
    EVOLUTION OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, CLIMATE CHANGE AND COOPERATION
  • 7TH CYCLE
  • SEMINAR 1 OF THE READING MODULE
    SEMINAR 2 OF THE READING MODULE
    ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS
  • EIGHTH CYCLE
  • RESEARCH THESIS SEMINAR I
    RESEARCH THESIS SEMINAR II
    INTEGRAL RISK AND DISASTER MANAGEMENT
THIRD YEAR
  • NINETH CYCLE
  • DOCTORAL THESIS RESEARCH I
  • TENTH CYCLE
  • DOCTORAL THESIS RESEARCH II

Why You Should Study This Doctorate

The need to generate knowledge to face Guatemala’s vulnerabilities in aspects such as environment, climate change, risk prevention, conflict resolution, mitigation, adaptation, generation of alternative energies or of renewable sources and resources, among others, represent the challenge worth studying the doctoral program in Sustainable Development

Graduation Requirements

To obtain the title of Doctor of Information Technologies, the graduate must:

  • To satisfactorily pass the Preliminary Examination of a selected bibliography to be prepared by all the professors that are part of the Doctorate, covering all subjects that are the target of the teaching-learning process.
  • Complete the courses and activities of the career with a general average of 70 points or more, or certificate of courses approved according to the subject in question.
  • Be solvent about your situation as a student and your expenses.
  • To have his/her complete file.
  • To successfully pass the final Thesis exam
  • At least two publications accepted by accredited journals or publishers, or to have the ruling of the Research Council that shows the endorsement regarding that the contents of the Thesis are publishable.

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