Our aim is to embed citizenship and sustainability in curricula across the University, encouraging students to develop a lifelong sense of social responsibility, citizenship and sustainable activity which they can draw upon throughout their time in Bath and beyond.
Linking citizenship and sustainability to the curriculum
The Sustainable Development Goals provide a globally recognised framework through which to identify common challenges and provide direction for active citizens to enact positive change in a sustainable way.
In partnership with students at Bath we have created a workshop resource that staff and/or students can use to explore their understandings of citizenship and sustainability. The workshop provides a simple way to identify where key themes may already be present within a course, as well as opportunities to develop these further. Find out more about the 'Sustainability in your curriculum: identify, improve, inspire!' resource.
The University has also adopted eleven Climate Action Framework principles, which include the commitment in learning and teaching to:
Developing educational initiatives to build a world class reputation for high quality education on climate-related issues with global reach and scale, for example by: providing opportunities for every student to study and work on climate related issues; delivering programmes with a sustainability agenda; delivering pedagogically innovative teaching practices to reduce carbon emissions.
Examples from Bath
Below are some selected examples of how citizenship and sustainability have been embedded within units:
- Department of Chemistry: Engaging the public in chemistry research (CH30241)
This unit develops citizenship in students and was a Teaching Development Fund project by Gan Shermer and Stephen Bromfield.
- Department of Computer Science: Computing as a science and engineering discipline (CM10251)
Find out more about how this unit develops students' sustainability skills.
- School of Management: MSc Sustainability and Management
Download this guide to a PGT programme which covers a large number of sustainability issues relating to corporate social responsibility whilst exploring the challenges of ensuring sustainability in managing firms. The programme offers a wide range of compulsory units relating to the three pillars of sustainability.
- School of Management sustainability summary
Download a summary of the range of teaching activities in the School of Management that embed sustainability in the curriculum, relating to one or more of the three pillars of sustainability: economic, social and environmental.
Recommended reading and resources
From our EduFest 2018 archive, Stephen Sterling's presentation on embedding sustainability in the curriculum.
Environmental sustainability of learning and teaching, report from the European University Association (published March 2021)
University of Brighton: read how they have used student engagement activities and embedded credited volunteering activities into their curriculum to incorporate citizenship and sustainability into their courses.
Adapted from the NUS, a key set of sustainability skills that employers are looking for in their graduate employees. How many do you already have in your course?
From Art to Zoo Management: embedding sustainability in UK higher and further education, an ABC of good practice developed by the NUS to showcase the incorporation of sustainability in a wide variety of courses.
NUS sustainability skills survey reports: carried out since 2010, these reports provide insight into changing student attitudes to citizenship and sustainability issues and skills development.
Updated on: 24 March 2021