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
    up to 1 semester
    more than 1 semester
  • Internet connection necessary
  • English

Resource Description

Courage to go for Sustainability(Resource ID: 68)

The teaching resource outline "Courage to go for Sustainability" describes a teaching resource that enables students to choose their own projects to demonstrate courage to go for sustainability.

Most scientists dealing with global development agree that the world is heading for major breaks. The major drivers, the character of the breaks and how fast they will occur is, however, a matter of discussion. There is also no agreement on the strategies to achieve the sustainable development necessary to reduce or ban ecological and socio-economic threats.

This method outline is based on the successful lecture series "Courage to go for Sustainability" organised by the Center of Global Change and Sustainability (gW/N) at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU), in cooperation with the Environmental Agency Austria, the Austrian broadcast ORF1, Risiko:Dialog, Lebensministerium, and with kind support of the German Foundation Forum for Responsibility. Established since 2009, the original BOKU lecture series present experts from academia and extern stakeholders, discussing new concepts and scenarios, opportunities, risks and limitations of a sustainable life with the students, and addressing the critical questions from the audience. The students have to conduct small projects, where they have to demonstrate courage to go for sustainability. The students choose the topic and design the project, the results are presented at the end of the semester.

Since the original lecture series are too extensive to be implemented in an existing University lecture, this on hand teaching resource outline illustrates a basis for a teaching resource, where students can develop an understanding of different concepts for sustainable solutions seen from different perspectives.

Overview teacing resource outline:

Day 1 (or Day 1 and Day 2): Introduction to the topic sustainability (1 unit); a stakeholder presents new concepts and scenarios, opportunities, risks and limitations of his "personal courage to go for sustainability" project (1 unit); the students get instructions for their mini-project (1/2 unit); potential mini-projects for the students are "brainstormed" and written on a flip chart (1/2 unit), discussed with the stakeholder (1/2 unit), and finally the students split into small groups (if required) and choose one of the mini-projects (1/2 unit).

Intermediate: The students / groups develop their mini-projects at home.

Day 2 (or Day 3): The students present their project outcomes and get feedback from the stakeholder and the students (4 units).

The method set used within "Courage to go for Sustainability":

  • impulse lecture
  • brainstroming
  • discussion
  • mini-project
  • presentation
  • feedback


Type of teaching method
  • Creative method
Preparation Efforts Description
Preparation effort for the lecturer: - low Required time for the work with the students: Day 1 (or Day 1 and Day 2): 4 units (or 2 x 2 units) Intermediate: The students develop/perform their mini-project (duration dependent on the lecture type) Day 2 (or Day 3): 4 units
Related Teaching Resources
No specific previous knowledge / related resources required
Necessary documents / materials


Integration of stakeholders
Stakeholders are invited to the University and present their successful project regarding sustainability and discuss real challenges and problems.
Topics of sustainability
- strengthen personal skills
- dependend on the chosen topic of the mini-project
Situations appropriate for this method
Strengths of the method
- Inter- and transdisciplinary approach
- encouraging
- responsibility oriented
- student involvment
- science-society cooperation
- how to become active regarding sustainability
- how to be courageous to “live sustainability”
- how to find appropriate solutions on the basis of real problems
- how to think about own opportunities and responsibility in the context of global change
- how to develop an understanding for different concepts for sustainable solutions seen from different perspectives
Weaknesses of the method
- Stakeholders have to be clearly informed about the aims of the lecture/short course.
Assessment / evaluation
Sources and Links

Original lecture series "Courage to go for sustainability":



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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Richard Kromp
This teaching resource is allocated to following University:
BOKU - University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna
Center for Global Change and Sustainability


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