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2022-23 Sustainability in Curriculum Progress

Learn about what Concordia is doing to advance its 2025 sustainability in curriculum targets.

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CURRICULUM ADMINISTRATION SUPPORTS

Target

  • Develop and deliver supports within the administration and delivery of the curriculum

Status

  • Ongoing

Sustainability Co-Design Project

A program designed to assist instructors who wish to introduce sustainability content in their course, based on a Student as Partners model.

Program results:

  • 11 courses redesigned over 3 editions: Summer 2022, Fall 2022, Winter 2023

  • 11 faculty instructors and 12 faculty peer mentors, for a total of 23 faculty members

  • 23 students as partners

  • "Exchange of ideas was the best thing, openness to new ideas and pushing the limits of the conventional" – Student

Faculty interest group on Education for Sustainability

The group meets monthly to infuse sustainability in courses and identify opportunities to facilitate this process across all faculties. The faculty interest group is a dynamic collective of 11 dedicated faculty members who have come together to champion education for sustainability at Concordia.

Departmental consultations

The English and Math & Statistics department received department consultations from the curriculum developer.

Individual faculty consultations

Three one-on-one consultations on a course were given by the curriculum developer.

Efforts supporting this target

  • Designated sustainability curriculum developer

Calls to action

INCREASE SUSTAINABILITY RELATED COURSES & PROGRAMS

Target

  • Achieve a 20% threshold of sustainability-inclusive* courses

*The wording has changed from sustainability-related to sustainability-inclusive for continued consistency with the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) framework

Status

  • In progress

A new curriculum inventory will be conducted in Winter 2024. One of the objectives will be to calculate the percentage of sustainability-inclusive courses offered by the university.

Efforts supporting this target

  • Sustainability in Curriculum Co-Design Project

  • Development of a “Mapping Sustainability Curriculum at Concordia” survey for faculty members. The survey was disseminated in August 2023 to all full and part-time faculty members. In the survey, faculty members identified whether their courses have sustainability content or not. Survey results will be shared in January 2024

Calls to Action

Related Sustainable Development Goal

Quality education

Target

  • Increase the number of programs available to students that have a sustainability learning outcome

Status

  • Ongoing

 

Efforts supporting this target

  • Development of new sustainability programs and certificates

  • The school of graduate studies have begun preliminary discussions and collaborations on an idea to put together a 6 or 9 credit microprogram in sustainability at the graduate level, with the audience being current graduate students and professionals already holding a Bachelor’s degree. The intention is for the program to involve a 3-credit team-taught and/or guest-lecture-based course, while the other 3 or 6 credits for the program would be project-based, aiming for students to benefit from the variety of expertise in sustainability across disciplines at Concordia. 

  • The Sustainability Ambassadors Program (SAP) provides select students with an immersive sustainability leadership experience. It provides creative engagement opportunities that build students’ skills and competencies as they support a culture of sustainability on campus.

Calls to Action

Related Sustainable Development Goal

Quality education

Contact

For questions about the Sustainability in Curriculum Plan, contact Florence Gruter:

florence.gruter@concordia.ca

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