Sustainicum Collection

Consus The aim of the project is to establish a regional science-society network for sustainability innovations in Albania and Kosovo in order to strengthen the connection and collaboration of institutions in the field of higher education, research and practice.

Resource facts

  • Independent of the number of students
  • Up to 3 lecture units
    4-7 lecture units
  • Internet connection necessary
  • English, German

Resource Description

Human Rights - Build them a foundation!(Resource ID: 24)

Using creative and motivational, state-of-the-art teaching materials (including an online learning tool and online computer game) students grasp the mechanisms through which societies are fully emancipated. The building block’s simple approach discusses the development of the six stages of our present humanistic worldview (Humanistic thinking, rationality, secularism, rule of law, democracy, human rights) through the course of European history. The primary target group for the lecture is students of relevant teacher education programs. The building block will allow them to convey the complex issue to their future students in a fun and informative fashion. The integration of the taught material into students’ lifestyles and mindsets is ensured through active student participation throughout the block.

The module "Human rights - Build them a foundation" enables students to understand and discuss the following, complex questions:
What mechanisms create free societies? What are the six steps that constitute the foundation of free societies? Why can level six - human rights - only be realized if steps one to five (Humanistic thinking, rationality, secularism, rule of law, democracy) have been previously developed? Are human rights sustainable?

The primary target group for the course is students enrolled in teacher education programs. The module is informative and relevant to everyday life for students in all courses. However, since the main focus is the transfer of knowledge of a complex state of affairs, the content is of particular interest to students in teacher education programs.

Based on a three-part module (PowerPoint Presentation, online learning tool, online computer game), students will be able to convey the complex issue in a motivating and contemporary way.




The materials provided consist of:

PowerPoint presentation:
It is used to convey the topic described above. The presentation is suitable for students as well as for pupils of high school age. The speaker needs no specific prior knowledge. The presentation was designed to be as accessible as possible, requiring only a general knowledge of history. To prepare, it is recommended that the presentation is run through one, or two times.

Online learning tool including educational materials for teachers:
The online learning tool can be used in connection with the PowerPoint presentation, for individual or for group work. A variety of teaching modules, with additional links to relevant websites and a number of prepared worksheets (downloadable), provide an opportunity for students to deepen their foundational understanding of the topic.

Online computer game:
In the computer game, the player is challenged to fight for human rights in an unfree society. Level by level, the six stages of development are realized, repeating and deepening the previously obtained knowledge. The game serves to motivate students and pupils to deepen their knowledge autonomously. Without the knowledge of the PowerPoint presentation, the game can be won through "trial and error", or through research in the online learning tool.

Learning Outcomes
Students understand the mechanisms of the emergence of free societies.

Students understand that history has relevance to everyday life. (Only if we understand the basis of our free societies, can we protect and preserve them in a lasting way!)

Students of teacher education programs are able to convey the knowledge learned in a motivating way to their future pupils.
Relevance for Sustainability
Future teachers are multipliers of tomorrow. Human rights are strengthened when they teach their student are taught that they are themselves the "preservers and protectors" of our free, democratic society and human rights. It is the object of mature citizens to stand up for the preservation of a democratic society and human rights. Thus, the concept of sustainability gets a very direct and personal meaning.
Related Teaching Resources
No specific previous knowledge / related resources required
Preparation Efforts
Sources and Links
Funded by
Funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research within the framework of the call "Projekt MINT-Massenfächer" (2011/12)

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Ing. Anton Pototschnik


Anton Pototschnik
This teaching resource is allocated to following University:
KFUG - Karl-Franzens-University Graz


Creative Commons

Pillars of Sustainability

  • social

Teaching Tools & Methods

  • Written material
  • Computer program
  • Game