Course Sustainability in Teaching
  • Vilma Kaipainen

Aalto University

8 March - 17 May

teachers | online | English

Space period: 08.03.24 - 17.05.24

Application deadline: 12.02.2024

Sustainability in Teaching equips you with theoretical knowledge of sustainability education and practical examples to help you discover your unique way of embedding sustainability in your teaching. 

In this course, Uniters have the opportunity to discuss sustainability education from multiple perspectives- including the concept of sustainability and the SDGs. You will explore the role of different disciplines in promoting sustainability, key sustainability competencies, and how to design teaching and learning activities. Throughout the sessions, you will also reflect on values and emotions in sustainability education.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • relate sustainability/sustainable development and sustainable development goals (SDGs) to your own subject field
  • identify and apply different approaches to integrate sustainability into teaching at a course or programme level  
  • reflect on how sustainability key competencies can be utilised to develop teaching and curriculum in your disciplinary context
  • design and apply learning objectives, and teaching and learning activities to integrate sustainability in your disciplinary context 
  • consider the role of values and emotions in your sustainability-related teaching. 

 Sustainability in Teaching includes interactive individual and group assignments during the teaching sessions and individual pre- and post-assignments either side of each teaching session. Teaching and study methods include dialogic teaching, peer discussions, reflection tasks, group exercises and working in a virtual learning environment.  

Take advantage of the opportunity to expand your teaching toolkit with practical sustainability integration strategies in an international and multidisciplinary setting. Apply now via the registration form or contact the course teachers for more information!

Practical Information

Course Dates: 8 March - 17th May, 2024. 
Times: Participants are required to attend all online teaching sessions. Session dates and times are:

Friday 8.3.2024 at 11:15-14:00 (CET), online

Friday 22.3.2024 at 11:15-14:00 (CET), online

Friday 5.4.2024 at 11:15-14:00 (CET), online

Friday 19.4.2024 at 11:15-14:00 (CET), online

Friday 3.5.2024 at 11:15-14:00 (CET), online

Friday 17.5.2024 at 11:15-14:00 (CET), online

Apply by: 12nd February 2024.  

Registration: Participants must register through the Aalto University registration form:

Language: English 

Estimated Workload: The estimated workload is equivalent to 3 ECTS*, which corresponds to approximately 81 hours of work (contacts sessions, independent reflection tasks, readings, and other assignments between the contact sessions). Upon successful completion of the course, a certificate stating the workload and equivalency can be provided. *Unite! faculty participants outside of Aalto University need to independently check with their home institution about credit transfer. Aalto does not provide direct credit transfers to partner university students. 

Grade: Pass/Fail

Course Format: Online 

Who can apply?: The quota for participants from Unite! partner universities is 10. If the number of applicants exceeds this quota, individuals on tenure and lecturer tracks will receive priority. All applicants will be informed about acceptance via email approximately three weeks before the course begins.

Prior Knowledge: Participants are expected to have basic knowledge of sustainability (concept, sustainability dimensions) and the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs). Accepted participants will be provided material for independent study if they feel a deeper orientation with the theme is necessary. Prior knowledge is not a prerequisite for acceptance to the course.

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Course teachers: Meeri Karvinen and Vilma Kaipainen