Learning and Teaching (EfS)

Education for Sustainability

We have a deep commitment to our student experience and to preparing our graduates for success in an ever changing world. The international field of "Education for Sustainability" (EfS) has emerged in response to urgent requirements for critical global citizenship. EfS places an emphasis on the necessary interrelationships between theory and practice; local and global scales and present and future. EfS literacies have global citizenship component that requires a critical evaluation of environment and social justice issues.

The Office of Sustainability is located in the Learning Futures Portfolio (opens in a new window) with the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Learning Transformations) Professor Simon Barrie. This provides us with a renewed focus on Education for Sustainability (EfS) and curriculum transformation. The newly endorsed Learning Futures Plan 2016-2020 marks the next stage of an institutional conversation about teaching and learning.

Global Action Program

The Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) (opens in a new window) seeks to generate and scale-up concrete actions in ESD. It is intended to make a substantial contribution to the post-2015 agenda. The GAP is the follow up to the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014) (opens in a new window). Via the UN RCE GWS we are committed to the following priorities:

  • empowering and mobilizing local Greater Western Sydney youth and 
  • accelerating sustainable solutions at a local level through local collaborations, research and engagement

Study Sustainability

The university has 32 Programs, Majors and Submajors with an EfS focus across 5 schools.

  • Bachelor of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security: Immersed in an approach that integrates social, economic and environmental values, students will view plant and animal production from consumer contexts to explore personal and community perceptions about food sustainability. This innovative degree merges topics of agriculture, food and health to empower students to design solutions for international development, community education and the urban– rural interface.
  • Bachelor of Building Design Management: This new degree enables construction students in the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics to develop expertise in designing integrated, practical, spatial, technical and environmentally sustainable building projects.
  • Sustainable Development Major: Bachelor of Business students can undertake a Sustainable Development major and begin to understand the need to balance development with the need to respect cultures, society, community and the environment.
  • Peace and Development Sub-Major:This sub-major is concerned with methods for promoting peace, human rights and sustainability. Students from Arts, Social Science and International studies examine the structural causes of racist and gendered violence, environmental crises, forced migration, poverty, resource conflict, and intergenerational inequity.

Electronic Submissions of Assignments 

We currently have a number of technologies in place that allow electronic assignment submission. The two main providers are: vUWS Assignment tool and Turnitin. Turnitin is used more widely due to plagiarism checking. We have a number of teaching targets to assist:

  • 100% double-sided printing of all centrally coordinated exams for 2016
  • 95% compliance rate of electronic submissions for 2020
  • 85% consistency and compliance for blended learning