Clarification of the overall learning objectives
KTH Sustainability Office has developed a proposal on the clarification of the overall learning objectives for the environment and sustainable development. The Faculty Council, at its meeting in August 2015, decided that these clarifications should be advisory at KTH for program and course development.
Below is a suggestion for a specification of the overall learning objectives. This proposal is meant to be general and relevant to all engineering programs. The objectives are to be implemented at a program level, not within individual courses. Program-specific goals should complement the general objectives.
Suggestion for learning objectives
Students should be able to
- Reflect on and discuss the definition of sustainable development with regard to the motives, history, definitions1, identifying the most important global challenges. Students should also be able to give examples of connections between ecological, economic and social sustainability.
- Critically discuss current objectives for sustainable development in Sweden, the EU and the UN2.
- Describe those activities and technological solutions in society, that are within the scope of the educational programs, and which affect global and prioritized Swedish sustainability aspects3. The students should also be able to discuss and evaluate various strategies to strengthen environmental impacts and prevent negative impacts.
- Explain economic and institutional factors that can inhibit sustainable development4.
- Describe, evaluate and apply general, and sectoral and technology-specific methods and strategies used in the development and design of products, processes and systems that contribute to sustainable development5.
- Identify and understand the link, with relevance to the educational program, between sustainability concept and innovation6.
- Discuss ethical aspects, especially relating to their future profession, of gender perspectives and other equity issues of sustainable development, such as the distribution of resources within and between generations.
- Connect an understanding of sustainable development (as described in the goals above) to the skills and knowledge specific for the educational program by proposing and discussing technical solutions, innovations and ideas that can contribute to sustainable development.
Of these eight learning objectives, number 1, 2, 4 and 7 are general while 3, 5, 6 and 8 must be handled as program-specific. Above all, the program-specific objectives need to be developed within the focus of each individual program.