Citizenship and Sustainability (C&S)

This page provides information and guidance related to embedding Citizenship and Sustainability within the curriculum.

Curriculum Development Officer

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The Theme

These documents give an overview of the theme, how Citizenship and Sustainability are interlinked and why we are embedding it into the curriculum.

UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Bath is using the UN SDGs as the basis for embedding sustainability within its courses.

Explore the Goals and see some of the different ways in which these are already being addressed by staff and students across the institution.

Map your course/unit/lecture to the 17 UN SDGs

Here is an example of how UWE map their courses to the UN SDGs. We have created a Bath template that you can download here.


Examples of  C&S embedded in Bath courses


Department of Chemical Engineering: MEng Chemical Engineering

Here we highlight the range of ways in which one course can address all three pillars of sustainability: social, economic and environmental.

School of Management Sustainability summary

This is 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.

School of Management: MSc Sustainability and Management

This PGT programme 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 3 pillars of sustainability.

Department of Computer Science: CM10251: Computing as a science and engineering discipline

This unit develops sustainability skills in our students, convened by Leon Watts and Simon Jones, summarised here.

Department of Chemistry: CH30241: Engaging the public in chemistry research

This unit develops citizenship in our students, and was a Teaching Development Fund project by Gan Shermer and Stephen Bromfield.

Curriculum Transformation C&S Student Workshop

Use these workshop resources to help you to engage your students with the C&S theme. They have been designed as 'off the shelf' resources that will provide your students with the opportunity to identify where C&S already exists within your course. The workshops also facilitates co-creation, as students are encouraged to suggest ways in which C&S could be embedded in transformed courses.


Curriculum development resources

A range of resources to support the review and design of courses.

From Art to Zoo Management

Developed by the Department for Sustainability at the NUS to showcase best practice in the incorporation of sustainability in UK further and higher education courses. Here we have summarised the guide to link it explicitly to Bath's course offerings so you can easily find examples linked to your own discipline.

Sustainability skills

The NUS has identified a key set of sustainability skills that employers are looking for in their graduate employees. How many do you already have in your course?

Encouraging and crediting student engagement with sustainable development

This summarises how the University of Brighton used student engagement activities and embedded credited volunteering activities into their curriculum to incorporate citizenship and sustainability into their courses.

The Future Fit Framework

The Future Fit Framework is an introductory guide to teaching and learning for sustainability in HE. It offers some key tools for reflecting on education for sustainability in your courses, as well as suggests how sustainability can be addressed in the curriculum. We have summarised these tools here.

Embedding Sustainability in the Curriculum - Professor Stephen Sterling - EduFest 2018

Professor Sterling has been a leading voice on sustainability in higher education for over two decades. In this masterclass, he led discussion on how we can design units and programmes which help to engage students in sustainability debates, research and solutions. He drew on his own texts and his work with the Higher Education Academy, and on examples from a range of other institutions, to demonstrate how – as individual programmes and as a university more widely – we can address these global challenges. The masterclass helped colleagues to understand the potential contribution of their course to this field, and how we might collaborate with others in order to identify creative and progressive solutions.