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Department Summary

Environmental and Cultural Resources (DECR) 



In light of the fast-paced progression and innovation in environment, culture, society, and industries, the program aims to nurture cross-discipline talents in the field of education in sustainable development. The followings are emphasized in our program: humanistic care; social responsibility; environmental awareness; the cultivation of local and global perspectives. By focusing on analysis of environmental system; resource development, utilization, and planning; environmental policy design; environmental management; environmental assessment; sustainable environmental policy design; sustainable development education, our purpose is for students to acquire literacy in the areas mentioned above, integrate cross-discipline knowledge, develop hands-on skills and critical thinking. The program also focuses on training students in creativity, critical strategy and long-term thinking, innovation skills, and the ability to solve pending and complicated problems. In terms of program design, subjects from local and global level are highlighted, while the entwined interdependence relation between the environmental, economic, social and cultural diversity from the past, present and future is explored. Students are guided towards becoming cross-discipline sustainable development talents who are in high demands in modern society.
The department bases its value and program on sustainable development and by cooperating with other departments, more doors are opened for students to hone in abilities in multi-teaching. It is a cradle that nurtures future environmental workers, researchers, and educators who will proceed to commit to researching and solving problems pertinent to humanity and sustainability.
Since November 1st, 2016, National Hsinchu University of Education has merged with National Tsing Hua University and our department was placed under Hsinchu Teacher’s College. While we continue our research in environmental and cultural resources, we also cultivate education works in the related field, and talents in environmental sustainability and cultural development.
Starting 2019, the department has suspended its enrollment of undergraduate students and instead continue the B.A. program (Education in Sustainable Development) under Hsinchu Teacher’s College . Meantime, Our M.A. and in-service program has expand to enroll more graduate students. Our department now consists of ten full-time faculty members including four professors and six associate professors.


Educational Goals 

The department focuses on sustainable development, environmental resource management, and local culture asset management, which are based upon the world’s growing awareness of environmental education and the Ministry of Education’s promotion of incorporating the environmental education value and application across all institution units and teacher training programs.
The department’s approaches can be summarized into two. First, align with the current trend of environmental sustainability; our programs are rooted in the field domain of the environment. Instead of the conventional heavy focus on science, students are encouraged to look at the relations between the nature and culture in the perspective of humanistic education. Second, we aim to make use of the cultural and environmental assets, in order to delve deep into the resources related to Taiwan’s socio-culture and environment by developing, researching, discovering, and analyzing environmental and cultural resources. As such, we explore the possible means to efficiently utilize them in regional and local community research.
Our students are trained in professional skills and knowledge in sustainable development, environmental resource management, local culture asset management, and coordinating ability in planning and execution. They are especially directed towards “cultivating dialogue between local activism and global mindset” and “exercising innovation”.



Professional diversion and curriculum map

Interdisciplinary Program of Education  – Program of Education for Sustainable Development 

This is a 30-credit program. Its discipline structure’s main study design includes: literary and knowledge in sustainable development and hands on training. Specialty knowledge approaches include: literacy in sustainable development education and environment; literacy in sustainable development education and culture; hands on training and environment research and planning; resource analysis and environmental policy; sustainable development and resource management. Courses are divided into categories of: core competency compulsory courses; cross-discipline off-site practical teaching courses; international courses; elective courses. The program aims to tackle one issues: when sustainable development is applied to different societies’ demands and living conditions, how do we come up with the knowledge and skills to provide solutions, discover them in local contexts, and provide innovative concepts and technical opportunities.


M.A. Program of Environmental and Cultural Resources

This program aims to nurture cross-discipline talents able to solve environmental and cultural issues in different locales (communities). Three core courses are provided: environmental education; environmental resource management; cultural resource management. Upon completing the program, students will be equipped with the ability to integrate environmental and cultural resources and cross-discipline perspective that enables them to manage talents from all fields.

In-service Master Program of Community Development and Social Studies

The main approaches of this program are: social studies and community development. It stresses on cross-field integration and composes of courses in environmental education, cultural assets and field trips – a all-encompassing design of social education studies and its application in different locals.