Teaching & Learning
UCC’s activities in embedding sustainability into the formal and informal curriculum are driven by the priorities outlined in the government’s “National Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development”, which the University also played a role in developing. The Strategy lists 9 Key Principles of ESD, namely:
- To balance environmental , social and economic considerations
- To promote lifelong learning; – be locally relevant while also linking the local to the national and international
- To engage all sectors of the education system, as well as the non-formal education sector
- To be interdisciplinary and recognise interdependence and interconnectivities across other sectors
- To use a variety of pedagogical techniques that promote active and participatory learning and the development of key dispositions and skills
- To emphasise social justice and equity
- To focus on values and promote active democratic citizenship and inclusion as a means of empowering the individual and the community
- To be an agent for positive change in reorienting societies towards sustainable development.
Informal learning about sustainability takes places across campus on a regular basis, as students are exposed to actions and campaigns such as the Green Library and Plastic Free Cafe. UCC will address these Principles over the next number of years through the implementation of the University’s new Academic Strategy. The Strategy is based on the “Connected Curriculim” model, of which Sustainability and Transdisciplinarity are two of the six key components (see figure).
To find out more about ongoing activities in relation to Education and Sustainability in UCC, see the links below.