Sustainability in Disciplinary Contexts

Course content

How has your discipline incorporated sustainability concepts and practices in the past? How is it doing so now? Why is that the case? How effective have those efforts been? Could they be sharpened? No matter where you are in your academic journey, you are likely being encouraged to look for ways to apply your disciplinary knowledge to one or more of the United Nations’ seventeen sustainability goals addressing ‘wicked’ socio-environmental problems. This highly interactive summer school offers students at all levels and from all disciplines the opportunity to place their disciplinary and work-place efforts into broader sustainability contexts, especially as they address environment-related goals related to the atmosphere, land, and water (goals 6, 7, 11-15).

 

The course will be organized into two parts: a four-week on-line part (25 hours per week) and a two-week on-campus part (full time). During the on-line part, students will be introduced to materials that integrate their particular academic backgrounds with sustainability goals via online teaching, readings, discussion groups, and tasks to prepare for the on-campus portion. They will have the opportunity to coordinate with the instructor on their disciplinary and research interests as they are related to specific and more general sustainable development goals. During the on-campus portion, students will be placed into interdisciplinary groups, as they tackle a current problem of joint interest and investigate how their disciplinary/work-place approaches could be leveraged to help solve it.

Learning outcome

By participating actively in this course, you will acquire the following knowledge, skills, and competencies:

 

Knowledge

You will be able to place sustainability concepts and practices into disciplinary context, accounting for scientific, societal, cultural, and geographical influences over time and space.

 

Skills

You will be able to conduct primary and secondary source research, collecting and analyzing historical and contemporary materials applicable to present-day environmental problems.

 

Competence

You will be able to

  • critically analyze historical and contemporary literature/data, reflecting on the strengths and weaknesses of arguments and data;
  • connect your analysis to current environmental problems and precisely communicate your findings in terms relevant to your field

Lectures, online exercises, group work, and practical workshops.

Students will engage with texts that place their disciplinary fields within sustainability concepts past and present, its interdisciplinary nature, and its continued development in the 21st century. We will use real-world cases studies derived from disciplines directly relevant to course participants.

Written
Oral
Individual
Collective
Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
Peer feedback (Students give each other feedback)

Other forms of feedback during the face to face part of the course:

* individual and collective oral feedback from the teacher and peers

* oral feedback during group work

* collective oral feedback from the teacher during supervision of group work

* oral and written feedback from teacher and peers following project presentations

* short written feedback on the final exam project.

ECTS
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment, 3 weeks
Take-home assignment consisting of four small exercises posted during the on-line part of the course and a written project to be produced during the on-campus part of the course and in the following week. All five parts of the assignment must be handed in on a specific date in August 2022 The assignment will be assessed as a collected whole.
Aid
All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
One internal examiner
Criteria for exam assessment

See learning outcomes

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 30
  • E-Learning
  • 100
  • Project work
  • 50
  • Exam
  • 26
  • English
  • 206