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Liaison Rochelle Owen
Submission Date Aug. 12, 2011
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Dalhousie University
ER-9: Sustainability Learning Outcomes

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Complete Expired Rochelle Owen
Executive Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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The number of graduates covered by the sustainability learning outcomes:
60

Total number of graduates :
2966

A list of degree programs that have sustainability learning outcomes:

1. Bachelor of Arts, Combined Honours in Environment, Sustainability and Society & subject B.

2. Bachelor of Arts, Combined Honours in subject A & Environment, Sustainability and Society.

3. Bachelor of Arts, Double Major in Environment, Sustainability and Society & subject B.

4. Bachelor of Arts, Double Major in subject A & Environment, Sustainability and Society.

5. Bachelor of Science, Combined Honours in Environment, Sustainability and Society & subject B.

6. Bachelor of Science, Combined Honours in subject A & Environment, Sustainability and Society.

7. Bachelor of Science, Double Major in Environment, Sustainability and Society & subject B.

8. Bachelor of Science, Double Major in subject A & Environment, Sustainability and Society.

9. Bachelor of Community Design (honours), Double Major in Environmental Planning & Sustainability [First Professional].

10. Bachelor of Community Design (honours), Double Major in Urban Design Studies & Sustainability [First Professional].

11. Bachelor of Community Design (honours), Double Major in Community Design & Sustainability [Non-Professional degree].

12. Bachelor of Management, Major in Environment, Sustainability and Society.

13. Bachelor of Informatics, Major in Environment, Sustainability and Society.

14. Bachelor of Computer Science, Minor in Environment, Sustainability and Society.

15. Bachelor of Science, Major in Computer Science, Double Major/ Combined Honours in Environment, Sustainability and Society.

16. Bachelor of Journalism (honours), Double Major in Environment, Sustainability and Society.


The website URL where the publicly available sustainability course inventory that includes a list of degree programs that have specified sustainability learning outcomes is available:
A copy of the sustainability course inventory :
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A list or sample of the sustainability learning outcomes associated with the degree programs:

Sustainability Learning Outcomes

Multiple Literacies:
• Ability to work in and with varied formats of written expression, including academic articles, policy documents, and journalistic sources.
• Ability to assess, create and utilize visual material in support of an argument.
• Ability to manipulate diverse ideas, evaluate evidence, arguments, and conclusions.

Complexity:
• Understanding of complexity, appreciation of the “wicked problem” nature of sustainability challenges.
• Willingness to engage with immediate and timely issues of environment, sustainability, and society.
• Ability to work in ways that are both inquisitive and propositional.

Interdisciplinarity:
• Ability to synthesize and translate knowledge to varied audiences.
• Understanding of one’s own disciplinary methods, capacities and limitations, and awareness of those of other disciplines.
• Awareness of the range of evidence, analysis and synthesis used in different disciplines and fields, and an appreciation of their various strengths and limitations.

Self-awareness and engagement:
• Understanding of one’s own subjective position in the world.
• Ability to work effectively in collaborations and group situations.
• Understanding of the difference between advocacy and research, and the ability to draw relationships between advocacy and research.
• Understanding of ethical integrity in relation to academic work, research, personal conduct.


It is expected that the number of graduates covered by the sustainability learning outcomes will be between 70-85 for academic years 2012/13 and beyond

Note: In addition to these graduating students, the Sustainability Learning Outcomes apply to all SUST classes offered by the College of Sustainability. Since 2009/10, over 400 individual undergraduate students have taken a first-year SUST class in each academic year, and over 850 individual students have taken a SUST class at some level.

* In addition all courses listed in previous credits have sustainability related learning outcomes including graduate programs like Masters in Environmental Studies. The above outcomes are from College of Sustainability programs.

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