Sustainable Development in Education – Guide

During their studies, all Dalarna University students must have the opportunity to learn more about sustainable development and how it relates to their subject area. To make this possible, we are developing a guide for teachers and programme directors.

What are the connections between the challenges of global sustainability and our field of study? What role does our programme play when it comes to meeting these challenges? These types of questions need to be discussed if we want all students to have the opportunity to learn more about sustainable development. Starting in 2023, teachers of all courses will be asked both to describe and evaluate what is currently being done to integrate sustainable development into education, and also to propose changes where there are gaps or as of yet unexplored opportunities.

To facilitate the work, a guide has been developed: see the link to the PDF below. These contain an introduction to the concept of sustainable development and a set of self-assessment questions. Parts of the self-assessment are to be discussed and answered in a workshop with teachers from the course. The remaining parts are to be discussed and answered by a self-assessment group on a separate occasion. In addition to guidance and workshops, a resource kit with suggestions for reading and good examples will be made available.

Sustainable Development in Education – A guide for self-assessment and development of our educational programmes (pdf)

In 2023, the guide was piloted in six university programmes. After it has been fine-tuned, the idea is that all programmes (or main fields of study or course packages, depending on their organisation) will have the chance to carry out the self-assessment in subsequent semesters.

The following programmes are taking part of the pilot round:

  • Business Intelligence, 60 credits + Data Science, 120 credits (second cycle)
  • Construction and Urban Planning, 180 credits (first cycle)
  • Preschool Education, 210 credits (first cycle)
  • International Tourism Management, 180 credits (first cycle)
  • English - Linguistics, 60 credits (second cycle)
  • Physiotherapy, 60 credits (second cycle)

Are you a student or teacher and think your programme should be included in the next round in spring 2024? If so, please contact your programme director.

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