The EUSTEPs module is designed to equip university students with science-based knowledge, multidisciplinary skills, and the trans-disciplinary mindset needed to play a critical role in our societal effort towards sustainability, thus allowing students to be best prepared for the future labour market.
The module embraces a hands-on, experiential approach to sustainability teaching. By presenting sustainability in the context of everyday life rather than through a mere abstract teaching of intangible theories and concepts, it allows students to understand, realize, and learn the full complexity of the economy-society-environment relationships, and helps them grasp how sustainability relates to the whole spectrum of daily life. This module will allow students to learn about sustainability and the human-environment relationship as well as track their own individual Footprints. Discussing their results and behaviour decisions with peers will shape a “learning by group discussion” process.
Watch this short overview by founding faculty member Sara Moreno Pires of the University of Aveiro:
The EUSTEPs Sustainability module is built on two core elements:
- Sustainability is presented and addressed as a multi- and trans-disciplinary issue that spans across all fields of educations, all spheres of life, and all sectors of the economy.
- Teaching is conducted in a highly interactive way, in which students experience first-hand the cross-cutting, holistic and interactive nature of sustainability by assessing and debating their own behaviour and how it influences their personal “Footprint”.
The EUSTEPs module is primarily intended for undergraduate students (for all course and degree type) and postgraduate students with no specific environmental science background. The total length of the EUSTEPs core module is six hours of frontal instruction, with the possibility to extent it up to 12 academic lesson-hours through the inclusion of optional lessons. The EUSTEPs module corresponds to about 1-1.5 ECTS workload (depending on university rules).