Dr Stephen Sterling Senior Advisor for ESD Project, HE Academy & Schumacher Reader in Education for Sustainability, Centre for Sustainable Futures, University of Plymouth Heather Witham , ESD Project Coordinator, HE Academy Sustainability in the curriculum: a view from the Higher Education Academy Subject Centres
‘ Acknowledging the threats posed by human actions to life-sustaining natural environments and developing an understanding of and commitment to actions directed to diminishing or removing those threats and so ensuring a legacy for future generations, human and other-than-human;
Enabling individuals and communities to achieve their potential in ways which protect their futures as well as enhance the well-being and resilience of the planet’s life-support systems;
Developing an understanding that cultural, economic, social, environmental and technological change processes are dynamically interconnected and mutually impacting.’
Sustainability Policy , University of Plymouth, March 2008
Recognises the importance of developing sustainability-literate graduates possessing the skills and dispositions necessary for engagement with the sustainability agenda as professionals, citizens and in their personal lives;
Commits to engaging all students with sustainability concepts and issues in an appropriate context through learning;
Recognises the need for students to appreciate the interdisciplinary nature of the sustainability agenda;
Invites all disciplines to consider how they might best embed sustainability within their curricula and utilise the learning and research opportunities provided by campus and community sustainability initiatives .
University of Plymouth Sustainability Policy March 2008
To encourage critical reflection on sustainability issues in the context of xxxx (this subject). (Level I/H)
To encourage students to critically evaluate their own and others’ values and attitudes and behaviours in relation to sustainability issues and determine what constitutes ethical responsibility in relation to such issues.(Level H/M)
To develop a critical appreciation of and ability to identify differences and common ground between different viewpoints and key terms in the sustainability debate. (Level H/M)
U of Plymouth Sustainability Module Guidance document 08
Spend a minute or so briefly outlining one idea for embedding sustainability into the curriculum EITHER which you have used, OR which you would like to use OR which you have observed in use. (It does not have to be particularly well developed or innovative!)
Allow a couple of minutes for questioning and observation from the others
Move on to the next person’s offering
After everyone has swapped, briefly explore the elements which make for successful embedding of ESD into the curriculum.
Also: what policy/resource changes would help you take it further? We will feed this back to WAG, HEFCW and our own HE Academy ESD Project.