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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 research focus of this department is to explore the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) through a broad range of academic disciplines, particularly environmental social sciences. The curriculum of our unique postgraduate programme focuses on sustainable development, natural resource management, and cultural heritage conservation. We also strive to promote the integration of sustainable education at all levels of educational institutions and school teacher training programmes in Taiwan to meet the growing global awareness of sustainable practises.

Our students undergo rigorous training in professional skills and knowledge related to sustainability, environmental resource management, urban planning, and cultural heritage conservation, with a focus on social design thinking and policy implementation. Our aim is to foster dialogue between local urbanism and global vision, while encouraging our postgraduates to develop social innovation and green entrepreneurial skills, and preparing our students to become future thought-leaders in academia, policy, the private sector and relevant professional fields of sustainability.



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.