ENVR07049 2020 Sustainable Futures
In this Module we explore the concept of sustainability and the challenge of building a sustainable society. The module will focus specifically on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The student will participate in small interdisciplinary groups to address current environmental problems. Group work will facilitate the understanding of key issues from a variety of perspectives and trans-disciplinary approaches will be explored to address specific sustainability challenges.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Recognise the inter‑relatedness of different disciplines in addressing sustainability issues.
Identify individual and group learning needs and develop solutions.
Participate in and contribute to team based activities.
Communicate sustainability issues to a scientific/non‑scientific audience
Identify the role of the individual in achieving sustainable futures.
Teaching and Learning Strategies
During the delivery of this module, self‑learning is encouraged among students through the use of comprehensive on‑line resources. Regular summative presentations are used to promote engagement with the module, monitor progress and provide feedback. This approach enables the student to take timely corrective action, to achieve the required standard.
Module Assessment Strategies
Assessments relate to the learning process and product
Process may include vlogs and action plans.
Product may include presentations, report and learning portfolio
Students are given precise instructions at the beginning of the 10 day academy outlining the particular sustainability issue, the marking scheme attached to the exercise, the product mark and expected presentation format.
The students will be allowed to repeat any element of failed within the duration of the summer academy or by a deadline agreed by the Module lecturers.
- This Module is delivered during the Mid-Sweden Summer University which takes place each August for a period of two weeks. The Summer university is rotated between the Summer University Partners and may take place in Sweden, Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland or France.
- Students work in teams (max 8 per team) and are assigned a project at the beginning of the Module.
- Typical projects are based on a particular aspect of sustainability and relate to the UN sustainability goals (SDGs)
A typical example of a project is 'Fight or Flight' where a team investigates the issue of flooding and how best to address it within a specific region or regions. The solutions must be based on the Sustainability Pillars (Economic, Environment and Social)
LO#1 Recognise the inter-relatedness of different disciplines in addressing sustainability issues
-Sustainable Development Goals
-Sustainability Pillars and inter-relatedness between them
LO #2 Identify individual and group learning needs and develop solutions
-Teams will be provided with relevant core information in relation to their chosen project
-They will then identify gaps in their knowledge and research this information under supervision.
LO#3 Participate and contribute to team based activities
-Presentations will be provided to the groups to assist them to work in multi-disciplinary teams. Typical presentations will cover ''Team building and group dynamics', 'The challenge of communication in multi-cultural teams', ' Working in multi-disciplinary teams' etc
LO#4 Communicate sustainability issues to scientific/non-scientific audience
-The teams will also be coached to produce video learning logs, presentations and learning portfolios.
LO#5 Identify the role of the individual in achieving sustainable futures
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Mini group presentations||Continuous Assessment||Group Project||20 %||OnGoing||1,2,3,5|
|2||Vlog||Practical||Group Project||20 %||OnGoing||1,2,3,4,5|
|3||Final presentation||Continuous Assessment||Group Project||40 %||End of Term||1,2,3,4,5|
|4||Learning Portfolio||Continuous Assessment||Individual Project||20 %||End of Term||1,2,5|
Full Time Mode Workload
|Problem Based Learning||Computer Laboratory||Team based learning workshops||30||Once Per Module||2.00|
|Lecture||Tiered Classroom||Guest lectures||7.5||Once Per Module||0.50|
|Site Visit||Offsite||Site visit||7.5||Once Per Module||0.50|
|Independent Learning||Not Specified||Self-directed learning||30||Once Per Module||2.00|
Required & Recommended Book List
20/12/2018 Introducing Environment Oxford University Press
UN Sustainable Development Goals
EU and UN Development Goals
The EU Agenda for Sustainable Development
UN Development Goals Final Report
EU Intercultural Dialogue
Access to computer labs
Access to toolmaking facilities/engineering stores