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Embedding Sustainability in the Curriculum at LSBU

Colston Sanger and David Clemson

[email protected]


Agenda
Agenda

  • Sustainability across the University

  • Within the Faculty of Business

  • What’s working well

  • Contributions, questions



Across the university
Across the University

  • LSBU’s sustainable development policy lays out a broad set of commitments

    • University management

    • Procurement

    • Estates

    • Curriculum

  • Aim:

    • That our organisational practices serve as an exemplar for our students

    • Demonstrate that we practise what we teach



2011 people planet green league
2011 People & Planet Green League

  • One of the greenest universities in London

  • Environmental Auditing and Management Systems

    • Assesses energy and water use, waste management, transport and procurement

  • Curriculum

    • Assesses how a university incorporates sustainability into all its teaching and research


Fairtrade accreditation
Fairtrade accreditation

  • A joint project of the Students’ Union and LSBU Catering Services

  • Fairtrade products available in all refectories and on-campus cafes

  • Donations to www.coolearth.org

  • A visible sign of LSBU’s and our students’ commitment to sustainability in action



Within the faculty of business
Within the Faculty of Business Faculty of Business

  • MBA and MSc International Business include an elective on

    • Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship

  • Main u/g programmes include electives on

    • Knowledge, Globalisation and Development

    • Business Risk Management

  • Sustainability is embedded in topics such as

    • Corporate social responsibility

    • Socially responsible investment

    • Sustainable employability


Sustainable employability skills
Sustainable employability skills Faculty of Business

  • Professional accreditation

    But also

  • Social enterprise projects

    • GREentrepreneurship

  • Transferable (sustainable) employability and enterprise skills

    • Thinking under pressure

    • Resilience

    • Resourcefulness

    • Collaborative leadership

    • Effective communication

    • Knowing how to learn from experience


Globally responsible environmental awareness
Globally responsible environmental awareness Faculty of Business

  • We introduce students to

    • UN Global Compact – www.unglobalcompact.org

    • UN Millennium Development Goals – www.un.org/millenniumgoals

    • Principles for Responsible Investment – www.unpri.org

    • Decade of Education for Sustainable Development - www.desd.org

    • PRME – www.unprme.org

    • MBA Oath – http://mbaoath.org

  • An increasing number of MBA, MSc and DBA dissertations in areas relating to sustainability


What’s working Faculty of Businesswell


Live project based learning
Live project-based learning Faculty of Business

  • Constructive alignment of intended learning outcomes, activities and modes of assessment

  • Learning how to manage projects through live project-based learning

    • E.g., a charity fundraiser event

    • Several £K raised now for different charities

  • A Christmas quiz night that raised nearly

  • £400 for Shelter


Collaborative learning
Collaborative learning Faculty of Business

  • MBA Critical Management Inquiry core module

  • Active learning through a series of group-based inquiry projects

  • Typically based on management dilemmas

    • ‘The art of management is largely about learning to live with dilemmas, situations where difficult choices must be made between two or more alternatives…’


Transferable sustainable learning
Transferable sustainable learning Faculty of Business

  • Encouraging confident learners

    • who can think under pressure,

    • are resilient and resourceful

    • who can lead collaboratively,

    • communicate effectively in a polyglot world

    • and know how to learn from experience

      ‘In this unit we were taught to find many of the answers ourselves, which I have personally learned much more from... I learned to be less dependent on teacher advice and more dependent on my own, which has given me more confidence. I think this was a really good learning experience. Sometimes teachers answer far too many questions easily when they really need to let the student search for their own answers…’


Contributions questions
Contributions, questions Faculty of Business


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