Addressing “Sustainable Development” in higher education teaching

For every educator (EN)

In 2015, the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and sees education and science as key drivers and enablers of sustainability. However, many higher education teachers are still unaware and/or unsure of their own role in this process. How can and why should you contribute to the promotion of sustainable development in your teaching? Why should you care about addressing this topic in your courses and how will your students benefit from it? After participating in this course you will have developed ideas how you can integrate the topic of sustainable development in your teaching.  


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Good to know

Target audience All higher education teachers
Prior knowledge No specific prior knowledge required
Required time investment 2 sessions of 3 hours
Trainer Dr Sandra Klaperski (Psychology Department)
Group composition  Between 6 (minimum) and 12 (maximum) no. of participants
Dates Within a few weeks new course dates will be offered for this course. Interested? Return here in a few weeks!

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Location  First meeting on campus, second meeting on campus or online


Course details

This course for all educators focusses your attention on the topic “sustainable development”. By means of theoretical input, interactive discussions, and examples, you will learn about sustainable development and the relationship between sustainable development and your own professional work (first meeting). You will get to know, reflect on, and discuss reasons and possible ways for including sustainable development in higher education teaching (first meeting).

In the second meeting, you will develop ideas how the topic of sustainable development can be integrated in your own courses, discuss your ideas with peers, and learn more about transformative learning. 

Frequently asked questions

Will I receive a diploma or certificate upon completion of the course?

Upon completion of this course, you will not receive a diploma. After all, it is not a study programme you are completing. However, it is possible to receive a certificate of participation.

How much time am I expected to spend on this course outside of sessions?

Before the start of each course, we ask participants to fill in a form and send this to the trainer. This helps the trainer to obtain insight in to the learning goals and expectations of the participants. For participants, this a good way to prepare for asking the questions and discussing the topics that would benefit them most.

In addition, the majority of courses invite participants to bring in materials (such as a case study), or to prepare for sessions by watching/reading some online self-study materials. For a complete course, the total preparation time will be approximately 1 hour.

Courses that consist of more than one session, will often require some additional between-session work, in the form of an assignment. Assignments offer you the opportunity to put what you have learned into practice. How much time you spend on an assignment is largely up to you, although a reasonable estimate would be 1 hour for the entire course.

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