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.
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  • 5 to 10 students
  • up to 1 semester
  • English, Shqip

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Real-life connection to different approaches used on sustainable development(Resource ID: 280)

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Sustainable development is a key in our daily life, in every aspect. Therefore, learning about sustainable development is a growing need across individuals, businesses and government. Despite the fact that sustainable development is a broad term and provides diverse meanings which provokes diverse range of responses. Learning for and about sustainable development aims to prepare students for the challenges they will face in their professional lives. Moreover, this teaching material aims to create, foster and maintain the science-society collaboration.

Sustainable development is based on three pillars: - the economic, social and environmental factors that need to be taken into consideration, and their cultural context. There is increasing awareness that these three factors are interconnected, overlapping and interdependent.  Due to this fact, learning and understanding sustainable development is an immediate necessity of society. The notion of 'sustainable development' is subject to many different interpretations and definitions.The key concepts of sustainable development are needs and limitations. Needs of the present can be understood as a quality of life. However, the world is experiencing a huge gap between rich and poor countries and unequal distribution of wealth. Sustainable development means to cover at least the basic needs of all people; all other living standards have to be sustainable.  Sustainable development is not just about our impact on the environment and the planet as a whole. In fact, our daily life decisions are made from where we source our supplies, to who we employ and has the power to influence not only our local community but society as a whole.

Therefore, this teaching material aims to help students develop the ability to:

  • understand and describe the relationships between environmental, social and economic systems;
  • identify the positive and negative environmental change which may arise from economic growth;
  • identify the importance of empowering individuals and organisations to work together to create new knowledge;
  • facilitate and mediate progressive discussions among interested parties (stakeholders) to help resolve dilemmas and conflicts;
  • evaluate the consequences of their own actions and of collective actions;
  • a commitment to lifelong learning for sustainable development

 

Case study teaching

This course will be organized with the participation of students and teachers. Students will be divided into small groups of 5-6 people for each session. In addition, each group will choose to work through some case studies in one of the three dimensions of sustainable development using the Text puzzle method.  Moreover, they will deeply analyze and discuss case studies critically within their group, and then they have to discuss their case studies with other members of other groups which have different case studies. The choice of the case study will be according to students’ or lecturer’s interest, but it is crucial to cover the approaches of SD. There is a link below in which students might have access to some case studies on SD.  Moreover, they will have the possibility to gain knowledge from different external stakeholders engaged on sustainable development. Finally, the reflection portion of this classroom will be a key component of the active learning process; therefore the lecturer would have to spend additional time to maintain this reflection portion, which will be presented in blog format. The lecturer will be able to monitor these comments that are provided by the students, and encourage everyone to post, and reply their peer’s thoughts. 

Integration of Social Stakeholders
External stakeholders coming from different companies that assure sustainability will be part of the lecture as guest speakers that will provide and share their experiences in the context of sustainable development. Students have the possibility to get in direct contact with society stakeholders and experience challenges in relation to the three approaches of sustainable development. Furthermore, the external stakeholders will also offer to host visits of the students at their companies so they can observe and better understand sustainable development. On the other hand, the stakeholders from the businesses benefit from students' ideas and solutions from the case studies. Two companies (Evroenergy, www.evroenergy.com, and Dea company http://www.ujidea.com, will be invited as guest speakers in the class. Moreover, the external stakeholders will build a network with the students who could be their potential employees.
Strength
– Students analyse and discuss the case studies critically, and then they are required to provide potential solutions as a group.
– Students are required to research the topic and provide additional information
– Students reflect on their own learning through a class blog
– Students learn to work in small groups and develop communications skills
– Students develop critical thinking on the topic of sustainable development
– Mutual learning for students and external stakeholders
Weakness
- Lack of case studies in the Albanian language
- Readiness of external stakeholders
- Lack of knowledge with regard to sustainable development
Learning Outcomes
– To understand the importance of sustainable development (social, environment and economic factors)
– To build a theoretical and practical approach to sustainable development
–To develop and enhance the student’s ability to make critical analyses
Relevance for Sustainability
– Analysing three aspects of sustainable development
– Gaining more knowledge on different approaches to SD
– Real-life examples of SD
Related Teaching Resources
No specific previous knowledge / related resources required
Preparation Efforts
Medium
Preparation Efforts Description
–Preparation for the lecturer: 5 hours; Identification of suitable case studies on SD. Identification of societal stakeholders who are engaged in the sustainable development process.
Access
Free
Assessment
Active participation: 10%
Mid-term exam: 30%
Presentation of the case studies: 10%
Final Exam: 50%
Credit/Certification Description
6 ECTS
Funded by
This teaching resource, realised within the project ConSus, has been funded with the support of the TEMPUS of the European Union. The contents reflect the views of the authors, and the European Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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Yllka Hoxha
yllka.hoxha(at)universum-ks.org
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UC - Universum College
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