Topics: Lighting/Dev Countries
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Constructed Environments
Department: Constructed Environments
Course Number: PSCE 5039
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This elective course explores the impact of light and lighting initiatives in developing countries, looking at social and economic issues as well as lighting technologies that might be useful to consider in these applications. In particular, it will explore humanitarian organizations providing lighting to poor people in remote areas who currently rely on kerosene lamps or even wood fires as their source of lighting. The course as conceived would explore the social and economic conditions in countries where lighting systems are being distributed, the technologies currently being implemented, potential improvements in the technologies, and the impact that the use of such systems has on a sustainable world. Representatives from various organizations will be invited to present their lighting systems and approaches to distributing them in the respective developing countries they have targeted. Hands-on work with the technologies and the exploration of opportunities for improvement will also be components of the course. Finally, there is the potential to extend the work of the course as a fi eld experience, either helping to assess the existing technologies in situ, or delivering or installing systems that are improved/designed in the context of the course to a particular location during the summer following the course.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Pre-requisite(s): None. Open to: All university graduate degree students; upper level undergraduate students with permission.


Open to Lang/Parsons BA/BFA students.

Open to Parsons School of Design students.


Open to Graduate students.