Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
Universal design is a broad approach and philosophy that holds the idea of social inclusion. This MOOC is anchored on the idea of understanding the various aspects of social inclusion in the Global South with a focus on diverse human experiences such as age, ability and gender as the key aspects.
As a beginner level course, learners shall explore various dimensions of social inclusion in diverse urban contexts. They shall learn to identify the visible and invisible barriers to inclusion, while advancing knowledge on built environment practices. The learning modules focus on various aspects of human diversity, environmental needs, universal design theory and principles, key policies along with research perspectives to inclusion in the Global South context. These module-based lectures employ theoretical insights and narratives, case studies, demographic perspectives, interactions with several experts and grounded contextual knowledge as a part of the overall experience. Therefore, it is anticipated to be of a timeless value and unique positioning for various stakeholders, including students and faculties of built-environmental studies like architecture, planning and design, urban policymakers, researchers, field practitioners, etc.
The MOOC is an initiative by the Laboratory of Inclusive Design (LID) at the Department of Architecture and Planning, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT Roorkee), wherein research on social inclusion from the perspectives of abilities, ageing, children and gender have been ongoing for the past several years. The course team is led by Dr. Gaurav Raheja, Professor and Head of the Department of Architecture and Planning, IIT Roorkee. The team members include Dr. Megha Tyagi (research associate), Aishwarya Isha (doctoral scholar), Farhan Asim (doctoral scholar), Niranjana Sajan (graduate student), Ganeshan SP (graduate student) and Nikhil Duggal (undergraduate student).
SDG #11 Target and Indicator
This MOOC primarily anchors itself in SDG #11 to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. More specifically, it addresses the interrelated targets 11.2, 11.3 and 11.7 by bringing in the perspectives of persons with disabilities, women, children and the elderly within transportation systems, sustainable urbanisation, human settlement planning, green and urban public spaces. Additionally, the course attempts to find interconnectedness with SDG #3, 5, 6 and 10 in its various modules. It therefore also initiates dialogues on health and well-being, gender equality, accessible sanitation and reduced inequality across various vulnerable populations especially within a Global South context like India, which is projected to have one of the highest urbanisation levels across the world.