Sustainability

The conceptualisation and advocacy for sustainability in general, and for education for and about sustainability in particular, has been articulated at the national and international levels, in a variety of institutional documents. The evolution of the concept of sustainability as articulated in these documents has witnessed the shift of the concept’s focus in environmental education to a much more holistic and integrated articulation in university documents across curricula, and the creation of the notion of sustainable development. However, in regards to the teaching and learning of sustainability, empirical evidence illustrates the problematic of designing not only activities that can effectively promote graduate skill development, but also assessments that can accurately measure and provide opportunities for students to enhance their learning and demonstrate achievement of relevant learning outcomes.

Strategies and Activities for Promoting and Enhancing the Development of Graduate Skills:

  • Graduate Skills Review

Sustainability (with critical thinking, teamwork and ethical practice)

  • Stakeholder Analysis
  • Macquarie University Case Study
  • Desalination Case Study
  • Desalination Case Study – support materials
  • Gunns Case Study
  • Managing for Environmental Sustainability
  • Retirement Incomes case study
  • Debate activity

Assessing sustainability:

  • Standards of Achievement: critical thinking, ethical practice, sustainability and teamwork

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