Towards Learning Environmental and Social Sustainability – Changing Paradigms of Teaching
Seppelin, Sini; Törn-Laapio, Anne (2018)
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Seppelin S., Törn-Laapio A., (2018). Towards Learning Environmental and Social Sustainability – Changing Paradigms of Teaching. , 6th Higher Education Institutions Conference. 27 – 28 September 2018, Dubrovnik, Croatia Quality & Governance in Higher Education: Opening new frontiers., Mate Ltd.
Management education should keep up with the growing awareness of the global challenges like climate change, income inequality and biodiversity lost. Thus our task in higher education is to be able to develop practices and educational platforms that ensure the growth of responsible business leaders. In management education, there are differences between universities how the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been taken into their curriculum. Based on our experiences of teaching Corporate Social Responsibility for eight years, we have come to a conclusion that students coming to study business at a university of applied sciences, are not well aware of sustainability issues, neither globally nor concerning their own field of industry. Since we have noticed some major changes in the attitudes among several students, we wanted to elaborate more deeply the impacts of the course. Would it be possible to say that the course brought out even some kind of transformation ? To find out we carried out a research among our students. The CSR course (five credits) belongs in two Master’s Degree Programmes at JAMK University of Applied Sciences. Multiple methods of teaching have been used: e.g. cooperative, collaborative, experiential and virtual learning, lecturing, visiting lecturers, company excursions, etc. Expected learning outcomes of the course are connected to the various elements of CSR and sustainable development including responsibility from the viewpoint of different stakeholders.