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1 Sustainability as a Teaching Theme at QMU Mike Pretious Laurie Blair Division of Business, Enterprise and Management School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management

2 Context Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is a core HEA Enhancement Theme (ET) Sustainability is embedded in QMU’s Quality Enhancement Learning Teaching Approaches (QELTA) strategy ESD is an important focus for the Scottish Government as the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) rolls out in primary and secondary education sectors Primary research on ESD in the QMU curriculum was funded by Projects for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (PETL) initiative

3 The Pillars of Sustainability Wikimedia Commons Accessed 17/9/12http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nested_sustainability-v2.svg

4 Methodology Textual analysis Module and programme documentation examined for relevant word usage, e.g. sustainability, environment, CSR Targeted interviews Development of case studies of best practice

5 Results Summary Over 80 modules contained some reference to wording relevant to ‘sustainability’ Concentration of modules within School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management (ASSaM) Sustainability most strongly embedded within the ASSaM Divisions of Business, Enterprise and Management (BEaM) and Media, Communication and Performing Arts (MCPA) Important cluster within the School of Health Sciences Institute for International Health and Development (IIHD)

6 Highlights MSc International Management and Leadership ‘Community Impact and Practice’ module MSc Gastronomy ‘The System: from Field to Market’ module BA International Hospitality and Tourism Management ‘Sustainable Management of Hospitality Enterprises’ and ‘Tourism and Developing Countries’ modules BA Events Management ‘Global Events Leadership and Social Justice’ module MSc Social Justice Development and Health programme

7 Concluding Observations Encouraging recognition of the need to embed the key tenets of sustainability into core modules Breadth of ‘sustainability’, and links between the Triple Bottom Line (TBL) framework, understood and taught Tendency for specialised sustainability modules to be at Level 9 or above


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