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Integrating sustainable development into teaching activities

A new externally funded project, called Studium Sustainale, aims to establish a low-entry-threshold teaching format at the master-level merging the concept of sustainable development (SD) with the concept of extracurricular context studies in the tradition of studium generale (Seele & Seele 2012). Generic skills, transformative learning and integrative approaches are integrated by a.) simulation games and b.) scenario method.

Four conceptual building blocks of Studium Sustainale bring together members from the various faculties of USI with external experts on transdisciplinary skills, methods, foundations of sustainable development and application on the university level).

The project follows six goals, three on the university level and three on the academic level. On the USI level Studium Sustainale aims to 1. introduce sustainable development to the UniversitÓ della Svizzera italiana, 2. promote transformative learning and integrative skills by scenario method and simulation games, and 3. create awareness for integrating sustainable development in other teachers curricula and research agendas and thus contribute to university-wide institutional learning and identity building. On the academic level, Studium Sustainale aims to 1. develop a new, extracurricular teaching format for sustainable development called Studium Sustainale to promote strategic visibility of this td-net/USI initiative, 2. bridge theoretical sustainable development with practical research and teaching situations by scenario application, and 3. train transformative and integrative competencies in interdisciplinary and interfaculty teaching with regard to sustainable development.