We welcome you to join Sustainability Course’s midpoint meeting!

A warm welcome to the midpoint meeting on November 4th at 14 – 16!

Working groups producing teaching materials for the upcoming new Sustainability Course at the University of Helsinki present their proposals for the Table of Contents of different course modules. Meeting is open for all University of Helsinki staff members and students. The midpoint meeting’s materials will be uploaded here  including more specific schedule, table of contents drafts and feedback e-form.

We also encourage university community to peer-review table of contents of course modules via e-form to be opened soon!

Midpoint Meeting of the University of Helsinki Sustainability Course working groups

Wed 4.11.2020 at 14:00-15:00 in Zoom

(meeting ID: 626 6980 0023, Passcode: 088997)

Welcome to join the seminar to hear their ideas, give feedback and point out possible overlaps and gaps from the material in progress in these working groups:

  • 1 INTRO: Sustainability as a concept, the complexity of sustainability challenges, and systemic approach
  • 2: Solutions: Solutions to sustainability challenges the roles of students in solving sustainability challenges as future experts, individuals and as members of society. Designing the sustainability project.Thematic modules (perspectives, ongoing changes, processes, phenomenon and solutions)
  • 3A: Global environmental commons
  • 3B: Human well-being and capabilities
  • 3C: Sustainable and just economies
  • 3D: Sustainable food systems and healthy nutrition
  • 3E: Energy decarbonisation with universal access
  • 3F: Urban and peri-urban development

Tervetuloa / Welcome / Välkommen!

What’s up with the Sustainability Course?

It has been almost a month since the kick-off event where all the groups met for the first time and started the work for the sustainability course’s content. Time for a checkup: what the groups are doing now and what happens next?

Eight different multidisciplinary groups are forming table of contents for each module. The groups meet approximately every two weeks and discuss how to form best kind of content and what to include and how. After settling with table of contents, the next step is starting to draft teaching materials. During the work, student members are also a very important part of this; their work is to read and comment the texts for any improvements and to bring student perspective along.

We will organize midpoint seminar in early November, where all the groups are free introduce their work for other groups, staff and student members. The idea is that the groups present their ideas, comment on others, recognize any overlapping or knowledge gaps in the contents and collect feedback to fine-tune their work.

Almost all the groups are ready with their table of content; just bit refining and the next step can start!

We find it important that the course includes activating and interaction hence we highly encourage the groups to produce diverse learning materials, such as text, images, charts, videos, podcasts, and so on. We are also planning to produce introductory videos for each module.

Learning materials

Each module includes assignments and evaluations that include 1) activation of previous knowledge, 2) supporting the learning process by actively linking content to student’s own previous structures and 3) evaluations. Moreover, while planning these assignments, the working groups must keep in mind that the evaluation is based mainly on automatization, students’ own self-assessments and peer review.

Got any questions? Write them down to the comments box and we will answer them!

Pedagogical and content production guidelines of the Sustainability course 

During the fall 2020 the teaching materials are made in multidisciplinary working groups and students will conduct the first test runs of the materials. You might ask how the groups work and what kind of results are asked for.

Read the Pedagogical and content production guidelines of the Sustainability course. 

The learning objectives were approved at the Academic Affairs Council (ONE) meeting one June 17th 2020. Read the post about ONE meeting here. 

The working titles for the modular course structure are loosely based on the UN report The Future is Now (UN 2019). You can find the summary of the report here.