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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  • More than 30 students
  • up to 1 semester
  • English, Shqip

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Active Learning in Sustainable Economic Development(Resource ID: 355)

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This module will explore the application of environmental and economic development planning, policy and management approaches to urban community development. Through an applied service learning approach, the module will require students to prepare a sustainable development plan for a community-based non-profit organization. Through this client-based planning project, students will have the opportunity to test how sustainable development concepts and different economic and environmental planning approaches can be applied to advance specific community goals within the constraints of a specific community. The project also emphasizes skills and issues involved in defining community goals, existing conditions analysis, and formulation of planning agendas.

The teaching resource will require 10 weeks.

This course requires the students to apply what they have learned or theoretically what they already know about Sustainable Economic Development. Therefore, this course will be oriented both in the development of theoretical knowledge and the practical application of the acquired knowledge. This course is designed as an interdisciplinary possibility bringing together other courses such as: Macroeconomics, Environmental Economics, Management, etc. On the other hand the case studies from this course can be applied as an input for other courses within the Faculty.

In order to achieve the course goals a set of different didactic materials will be available for the students such as: databases and software tools for the data analysis, video, presentations from specialists in the field, excursions and visits to make possible real recognition of the regional situations (PLEASE CONTACT THE AUTHOR OF THIS TEACHING RESOURCE FOR AVAILABLE DIDACTIC MATERIAL!). Students will be part of various organizations and support them in the events related to the sustainable development.

All this will help the students to analyze the different situations in the field with a critical eye, being involved specifically in the emerging realities and bringing possible solutions monitored by the community.

The datasets and experiences gained in the field will be presented at the annual conference organized by the students of the Faculty of Economics and their research will be published in the University review.

Integration of Social Stakeholders
Trans-disciplinary Case Study Approach realized through student projects in collaboration with stakeholders. Class time will be devoted to the projects through discussions, exercises, and presentation of work in progress. Approximately 25% of the class sessions will be used to introduce economic and sustainable development concepts, environmental and economic analysis tools, and policy and practice areas. Fieldwork will include site visits to the study area.
– Active learning experience for students
– Mutual learning for students and business stakeholders
– Strong trans-disciplinary approach
– Stakeholders benefit network building
– Stakeholder may not want to discuss their own business plan
– The author of this teaching resource did not upload the didactic material (databases and software tools for the data analysis, videos, presentations from specialists in the field) mentioned in the main description. Please get in contact with the author if you are interested in the additional material!
Learning Outcomes
Students will be encouraged to use the planning project and class discussions to explore how historic and existing social exclusion impact their work and reflect on insights gained about their individual work styles and the planning challenges that they faced.
Relevance for Sustainability
Students will collaborate with the stakeholders to undertake field research and hold a session to present their findings and get feedback on the proposed plan agenda and ideas.
Related Teaching Resources
Basic knowledge of sustainable economic development
Sustainability criteria
  • Related to local challenges / needs
  • Systemic thinking
  • Long-term thinking
Preparation Efforts
Preparation Efforts Description
Preparation for the lecturer: 8 hours; Identification of suitable stakeholders that are seeking to be involved. They should provide promising data and must be open for cooperation with students.
The assessment will be implemented through written examination and project presentation
Credit/Certification Description
By the end of the course students will earn a diploma.
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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Ermira Kalaj
This teaching resource is allocated to following University:
UAMD - Aleksandër Moisiu University of Durrës


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