Sustainability course is an interdisciplinary online course for all undergraduate students. It utilizes engaging learning methods to empower students to gain expertise in understanding and solving complex sustainability challenges.
Sustainability course is a 3 ECTS interdisciplinary MOOC that deals with sustainability from the perspective of several different fields of sciences. It targets undergraduates from all degree programs.
The main purpose of the course is to empower students to gain expertise in understanding complex sustainability challenges, and gain key competencies, such as strategic action, futures thinking and critical thinking for solving them. Students enrolled in the course learn: 1) about the complexity and multidisciplinarity of sustainability issues and the ethical and philosophical dimensions of sustainability, 2) to consider their roles as experts, actors and members of society in solving sustainability issues and becoming agents of change, 3) to discuss sustainability-related questions in an empathetic and constructive manner, 4) to understand the changes, and the related processes, phenomena and potential solutions to sustainability challenges.The course also aims to developed students’ cross-cutting skills and competencies, for example,
The idea for the course came from an active member of the university community. Core contents and learning objectives were developed in interdisciplinary workshops and further developed in multidisciplinary groups. These groups included staff members as well as students from all faculties. A total of 160 members of the University community contributed to its development: researchers and teachers from a range of fields, as well as over 30 students. The course has received strong support from the university management, including the rector. The course is developed through several pilots, which gives students an opportunity to actively participate in the course development.
In the future, the goal is to design additional field-specific courses to enable students to gain deeper profession-specific knowledge and skills regarding sustainability, as well as to integrate it to the curricula of different faculties. The course is developed to become a training material for all staff members. In the future, the course will open as a MOOC to students and participants in non-degree programs, partners in collaborative university projects, and for anyone interested. Future collaboration for offering the course through UNA Europe is discussed.