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Interdisciplinarity through a modular sustainability curriculum

Author(s): Suann Yang1, Karleen West1

SUNY Geneseo

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Poster on successful sustainability education in college curricula presented at the 2018 QUBES/BioQUEST Summer Workshop .

Licensed under CC Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International according to these terms

Version 1.0 - published on 30 May 2018 doi:10.25334/Q4X403 - cite this Last public release: 2.0



As a concept that is inherently interdisciplinary, successful sustainability education in college curricula can be challenged by departmental boundaries. To overcome this challenge, we are developing modules that are easily incorporated into existing courses and curricula. Our curriculum is based on a set of common learning outcomes that are universally applicable across disciplines, and is fostered by a student-generated body of knowledge that is shared across courses and not dependent on pre- or co-requisite enrollment in specific courses. For each module, students in a course create digital products using the conventions of the discipline. The module closes with students using products generated by other students from multiple disciplines to reflect upon their personal choices. Our next steps are to recruit collaborators in diverse disciplines and to utilize an online publishing platform to distribute curricular materials, as well as provide a space to share student products across courses.

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