Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Sustainable Practices

 Student Benefits

Our wellbeing and the future of our children depend CSU graduates who can help ensure we continue to have access to basic life sustaining resources and that our and the health of the planet is protected. As nations look to reduce carbon emissions, mitigate against extreme weather events, develop technologies of the future, and ensure future generations have the same opportunities we currently enjoy, sustainable practices are becoming increasingly important. Many businesses, governments and organisations are looking for graduates who can help facilitate this transition.

Learning Outcomes

Sustainable Practices

Engage with ethical and sustainable practices that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs and those of the environment

KnowledgeSkill Application
Demonstrate a multidisciplinary knowledge that empowers graduates to understand and critically analyse the challenges of balancing the social, economic and environmental factors essential for ecological sustainability 
Apply acquired sustainability knowledge individually and collectively for the improvement of local and global environmental sustainabilityDemonstrate attitudes and implement actions that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs and those of the environment  

Scaffolding

  • Contextualise the concept
    For example, law and policing students can apply sustainability when considering social equity, justice, citizenship and biosecurity.
  • Develop an understanding of ecological sustainability
    Investigation of evidence about environmental, social, and economic considerations on a contextualised topic.
  • Develop critical thinking
    Ensure assessments explore the tension in the complexities of sustainable decision-making.
  • Reflect and apply sustainable practices
    Reflect on a complex sustainability issue. Make informed decisions that consider social, economic and environmental consequences


Course Requirements

  • At least one assessment item including critical reflection on sustainable practices in relation to their chosen profession, exploring the tension between environmental, social and economic considerations
  • At least one assessment item requiring sustainable decision making in a professional context with consideration of ecological consequences.

Teaching Practices

  • Case studies, discussion, debates and group presentations on issues associated with internationalisation, ethical practice, equality, health, climate change, planning and development, resource use, diversity, and biodiversity are all part of sustainable practice.
  • Use self-assessment tools (such as WWF), individual and group challenges (such as Plastic Free July) to develop an understanding of environmental impact.Maintain and enhance a student’s exploration of self within the contexts of today

Assessment

Assessment of this GLO needs to be explicit and contextualised. The following example rubric is for a group of students who are asked to demonstrate an understanding of the ‘knowledge’ element of sustainable for some form of professional practice.
This addresses both the sustainable practice and professional practice GLO.

Criteria

High Distinction

Distinction

Credit

Pass

Fail

Student demonstrate a multidisciplinary knowledge that empowers graduates to understand and critically analyse the challenges of balancing the social, economic and environmental factors essential for ecological sustainability

(40% of Total)

Exhibits deep three-dimensional understanding of sustainability (environmental, economic, and social) through the lens of their experience and demonstrates the internalization of a sustainability paradigm in the way they interpret their experiences. They draw strong parallels between sustainability dimensions of their experiences and sustainability issues in other places, at other scales, and/or during other time periods

Exhibits a good three-dimensional understanding of sustainability (environmental, economic, and social) as it relates to their experience. They can articulate multi-generational context of environmental, social, and economic dimensions of their work with good evidence and insight

The student demonstrates a sound and generally balanced understanding of the dimensions of sustainability (environmental, economic, or social) around their experience.  The showing contemporary professional relevance the challenge of sustainable practice into a multi-generational context are generally straightforward but may be lacking insight or evidence

The student demonstrates that their understanding of the dimensions of sustainability (environmental, economic, or social) around their experience are only the most obvious. There are weaknesses such as a lack of balance or poor articulation of the interdependence of all three dimensions. The contemporary professional relevance or multi-generational context may be poor

Has difficulty relating the core environmental, economic, or social dimension of their experience. The contemporary professional relevance or multi-generational context is not present or not relevant

 


    Support

    • Please speak to your Course Director before making changes to a subject
    • Find suggestions and resources at http://tinyurl.com/CSUsustainablepractices
    • A list of mentors can be found at http://tinyurl.com/CSUsustainablepracticesmentors
    • GLO Gurus and GLO Advisors

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