Liberal arts & sciences

Liberal arts & sciences Course démo

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Study opportunities
University of Natural Resources & Life Sciences (BOKU)
Teaching Language

Lecturers: Stefanie Klose / Julia Wlasak
Language level required: C1
Prerequisites: none

Evaluation method: Final Project + Participation
Theme: Natural & Societal Sustainability Track
Required support document: Proof of enrolment at EPICUR partner

In times of overexploitation of our planet, it is more necessary than ever to learn how to address the global challenges we are facing. Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) empowers learners of all ages with the knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes to address the interconnected global challenges regarding sustainable development, including climate change, environmental degradation, loss of biodiversity, poverty and inequality. Thus, this course educates you on Education for Sustainable Development, and you will learn to teach sustainability!

The teaching resource collection Sustainicum Collection was developed on the initiative of BOKU in a joint project with the University of Graz and TU Graz. The Sustainicum Collection is a collection of teaching aids for instructors who

  • want to incorporate sustainability aspects into their courses,
  • create a new course on this topic,
  • looking for methods of imparting knowledge or participation or
  • want to make their proven teaching aids, course programs, or methods available to others.

The multi-award-winning collection aims to promote education for sustainable development (ESD) and important skills such as holistic and systemic thinking or interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary action at universities. All teaching resources are related to ESD or the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As possible change agents and target group of the Sustainicum Collection, you will contribute your valuable perspectives as learners – and thereby become a teacher yourself! Under the approach “Learning to teach sustainability”, you first get to know the Sustainicum Collection and its teaching resources with the principles of ESD and try them out. In an interactive and creative process, you will then develop the teaching resources in small groups, taking into account their various perspectives, or develop completely new teaching resources that you will then try out with your fellow students as learners. Important competencies of ESD such as systemic thinking, cooperation, interdisciplinary acquisition of knowledge and the adoption of perspectives are promoted here. This is followed by a feedback and reflection process. The (further) developed teaching resources also fill the Sustainicum Collection and are made permanently available to teachers. For providing the teaching material and giving the prepared lecture, you will gain 4 ECTS. If the developed material/ lecture afterward is worked into a stand-alone sustainability learning nugget and provided to the public, 2 extra ECTS can be gained.

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