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Social, Economic and Political Contexts for Chemistry Through Sustainability

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Social, Economic and Political Contexts for Chemistry Through Sustainability

  1. 1. Social, Economic, and Political Contexts for Chemistry Through Sustainability. Dr Katherine J. Haxton #ViCEPHEC19 @kjhaxton
  2. 2. Chemistry Benefits Harms Polluter Resource Depletion Greed Poverty Employer Wealth Health
  3. 3. Chemical Economic Political Societal
  4. 4. Year Module Cohort composition 1 15-credits, semester 1 and 2 FHEQ level 5 2 15-credits, semester 2, FHEQ level 4/5 3-5 15-credits, semester 2 FHEQ level 4/5 Chemistry, level 5 Environmental Science 6 (the semester 2 content is common to all pathways) 30-credits, semester 1 and 2 FHEQ level 4 Chemistry 15-credits, semester 2 FHEQ level 4/5 Chemistry, level 5 Environmental Science; Module Evolution
  5. 5. Graduate Attributes Place in curriculum Learning Outcomes and Skills Content and Assessment Design Implementation Evaulation and Reflection Adapted Deliberative and Dynamic Model for Curriculum Renewal Desha, C., Hargroves, K. and Smith, M. (2009). Addressing the time lag dilemma in curriculum renewal towards engineering education for sustainable development. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 10(2), pp.184-199.
  6. 6. 0% 50% 100% The topics in this module were generally interesting to me. I found it difficult to concentrate in 2 hour sessions I would have paid more attention if there had been an exam at the end of the module Exams are more important than coursework Exams motivate me to learn strongly disagree disagree neutral agree strongly agree
  7. 7. 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% I could not reasonably have done more work for assessment in this module the criteria used in marking have been made clear in advance assessment arrangements have been fair assessment marking has been fair I use feedback on past work to help me improve my work course work helps me develop skills strongly disagree disagree neutral agree strongly agree
  8. 8. Magazine Article Assignment • 1500 word magazine article, using journalistic writing (inverted pyramid) • Emphasis on type of source, style of writing, relationship between text and figures
  9. 9. Portfolio 3 – 4 short tasks related to specific sessions Skills 1. Infographic showing the ingredients of a common personal care product; brief report considering the environmental implications of the ingredients. • Finding chemical structures • Drawing chemical structures • Finding chemical/environmental information • Referencing 2. Review and comparison of campus buildings energy certification • Interpreting energy efficiency graphs • Calculating carbon emissions from different electricity providers • Discussing the link between purpose of building and degree of energy efficiency 3. Evaluation of ‘wrong’ information on the internet related to the climate emergency or other sustainability topic. • Critiquing information on news and social media sites • Finding reliable sources of information
  10. 10. 0.0 20.0 40.0 60.0 80.0 100.0 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 %ofevaluationresponses Year This module helped me understand sustainability better % (strongly) agree % neutral % (strongly) disagree
  11. 11. 0.0 20.0 40.0 60.0 80.0 100.0 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 %ofevaluationresponses Year Sustainability is relevant to my degree % (strongly) agree % neutral % (strongly) disagree

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