Netherlands, Groningen

Creating a Climate for Change

when 23 August 2021 - 26 August 2021
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 300

Due to the covid-19 outbreak, all programmes for 2020 have been cancelled.

Welcome to a summer school for sustainability education in Groningen. At this summer school, we want to share exciting and develop new ideas through series of participatory and interactive workshops. Through discussing our challenges in sustainability education, we will aim to critically analyze our experiences and share our best practices. We ask participants to bring in their cases and experiences.

Over the course of the summer school the cases may concern themes:

1. Defining and measuring sustainable education
2. Incorporating sustainability as a central element of a course
3. Departing from solitude of specialization to teach sustainability
4. Creating multi- inter- transdisciplinary education on program level
5. Shaping and incorporating transformative learning
6. Introducing complexity; valuing ethical and morals aspects of being
7. Integrative understanding by integrative teaching: ethical thinking and action are supported by moving from being bystander to being a neighbor or friend
8. Creating intimate understanding of others and their needs to prompt compassionate action
9. Creating awareness that knowledge is socially constructed
10. Bridging the knowledge-action gap: demonstrating to learners what people do with their knowledge
11. Developing reflective, compassionate politically and socially sensitive teachers
12. Educators’ practice: how do you do what you teach?
13. Anthropocene – bringing the effect of human on Earth in education
14. Creating connections to the community
15. Building community, building strong relationships, developing higher level thinking skills for real-life application
16. Changes in Higher Education institutions towards accommodating SDGs
- appreciation/attention from the faculty/board authorities
- new organizational forms
- accommodating inclusiveness

Course leader

Dr. Joanna Gusc (Faculty of Economics & Business, University of Groningen)
Dr. Sietske Vissers (Educational Support and Innovation, University of Groningen)
Laila Mendy (Uppsala University)
Marijke Nieborg (The Green Office, University of Groningen)

Target group

This course is designed for lecturers, policymakers and others who are interested in education for sustainability in higher education.

It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English .

Course aim

The programme will engage the whole human and include next to keynotes, interactive workshops also art, spiritual and yoga activities.

Fee info

EUR 300: For U4 Society members: free
For non U4 Society members: € 300 (includes lunches, welcoming dinner)
Participants need to arrange their own accommodation