This case study focuses on the inclusion of interdisciplinary courses on sustainability and the Sustainable Development Goals in the Globalization Program of the Venice International University.
The achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals needs flexible minds, able to move across disciplines, capable of tackling challenges with innovative humanistic approaches while recognizing the importance of environmental and economic sustainability, and natural and cultural heritage and understanding, while communicating and working with people from other cultures.
The Globalization Program of the Venice International University (VIU) brings together talented, motivated students and professors from its 20 VIU member universities, located all over the world, in a truly multicultural, international, and interdisciplinary environment. Students enjoy a powerful learning experience in which they develop their capacity for critical thinking, working across disciplines and cultures, creatively embracing new ideas. Each term 140+ students (Bachelor or Master level) take part, choosing from a course offering of 20+ courses which are English-taught by visiting professors from the member universities and are recognized for credit. Among the courses, great attention is given to sustainability and the SDGs. Each semester Global Challenges courses that address from an interdisciplinary perspective current, global issues at the basis of SDGs are offered, including Globalization, identity, heritage and Globalization, Ethics, Welfare and Human Rights, Global Governance for Peace and Security, Cooperation and Development.
Moreover, the Spring semester includes the specialization track Environmental Management and Sustainable Development, that aims to develop awareness of Sustainability concepts and issues, applied to the Environment and the Economy, learning about the Sustainable Development Goals, sustainable practices and management, adopting ethical and cultural approaches. Courses in this track provide tools of analysis of environmental changes and of impact valuation (including digital tools), knowledge about policies, law and governance; climate change; sustainable energy; food and water security; corporate social responsibility and is sustainable consumption and production; the role of lead firms in fostering environmental innovation; justice and development.