With the aim of integrating Sustainable Development as a cross-cutting element in all university courses in the science/technology field, the research group of Engineering Sciences and Global Development (EScGD) implemented the project “Integrate and Promote Global Issues in Scientific-Technical Education”. In the project, EScGD developed a set of teaching materials to enable professors to practically implement these transversal competences linked to the SDGs in the classroom. More specifically, the transversal competence of “Sustainability and Social Commitment (SSC)”, which comprises part of the current curriculum of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC; Barcelona, Spain).
These teaching materials are based on real-life experiences and are presented in the form of case studies. Each case study is made up of the following elements: (i) a description of the case study, which includes an introduction (disciplines covered and expected learning outcomes), the context from a human development perspective, two teaching activities, and all pertinent annexes; (ii) a class presentation proposal, to assist academics in presenting the context in the classroom, and a description of teaching activities; (iii) a classroom activity, designed to generate a debate around the context introduced as well as to provide the basic knowledge needed to autonomously carry out the homework activity; (iv) a homework activity, to allow the application of the technical and contextual knowledge acquired in the class; and (v) an evaluation rubric, as a useful tool to jointly evaluate the proposed activities.
In total, six case studies were prepared: (1) Tanzanian’s Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Programme: Introduction to Economy and Calculus for Engineering; (2) Algebra and Large-Scale Dam Assessment: The Case of Merowe Dam in Sudan; (3) Exploring the Use of Recycled Aggregates in Concrete Mix Proportion: An Alternative for Haiti?; (4) Widening Horizons to the Design of a Pre-Stressed Concrete Slab: A Case Study in Barcelona; (5) Dimensioning a Drinking Water Distribution Network in Collique (Lima): Introduction to the Human Right to Water and Sanitation; and (6) Multivariate Analysis and Indices Construction: Data Mining Applied to the Rural Water and Sanitation Sector in Honduras.