Teaching for Sustainability


The course is interdisciplinary with focus on Education for Sustainable Development, ESD, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, SDG. The course literature and learning activities are aiming for developing students’ ability to learn and teach for sustainability. A main idea is to consider local and global challenges for sustainable development, with examples from Sweden, the students’ home countries and elsewhere.
Students will develop their knowledge of environmental problems and ecological, social and economic perspectives of sustainability, and gain experience and knowledge of teaching and learning towards sustainability.
The course will be organized thematically with focus on the SDGs. The course will include compulsory lectures, seminars, workshops, study visits, project work and a home assignment

Admission requirements

General entry requirements + English B.

For Swedish Upper Secondary Grades merit rating will be calculated according to Områdesbehörighet 6/A6


final grades 66% national university aptitude test 34%


Syllabus for students autumn 2021, autumn 2019, autumn 2018

Course Code:
NM164E revision 2.1
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
No main fields
Date of ratification:
20 April 2018
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Education and Society
Enforcement date:
03 September 2018
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
12 October 2016

Entry requirements

General entry requirements + English B.

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

Single subject course


The aim of the course is to develop teacher students’ competence and knowledge in environmental and sustainability education. The students should develop their awareness and knowledge of the global and local challenges regarding the UN Sustainable Development Goals as well as their teaching skills in relation to students´ learning process.


The course consists of lectures, seminars, workshops, project work, study visits and a take home assignment. Group works will be organised thematically. The themes will focus on global and local challenges in the area of sustainable development, using Sweden and the participants´ respective home countries as an example. The course offers students a possibility to develop skills in planning and implementing environmental and sustainability education

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student will be able to:

• describe what effect humans have upon their environment, actively discuss the scope of environmental problems and challenges in sustainable development in the participants´ respective home countries and worldwide (1)
• make preparations for and carry out environmental and sustainability education in classroom situations (2)
• describe and discuss the impact of Agenda 21, the Decade on ESD, the Global Action Programme and the Sustainable Development Goals in the participants´ respective home countries and worldwide (3)
• analyse and reflect on her/his knowledge and skills in teaching for sustainability (4)

Learning activities

The educational approach is learning by doing and the course requires active participation in all activities, as well as individual preparation through reading of literature and group work. The students have liberty to influence the teaching and learning methods used in certain assignments. The main group work will be challenge based and interdisciplinary.


The main criterion for passing the course is that the students can demonstrate an understanding of the theories, concepts and perspectives of environmental and sustainability education, orally and in writing. Learning outcome 1 is assessed individually in a seminar. Learning outcome 2 is assessed in a student-conducted workshop. Learning outcome 3 and 4 are assessed in an individual home assignment.
Attendance to most of the course components during the first six weeks of the course is compulsory, as the student will work and reflect on the experiences and knowledge received from the learning activities in the home assignment.

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

The bibliography consists of a few mandatory books. Furthermore, articles from popular scientific and scientific international journals and Internet will be included (150 pp.). The student will also choose individual literature in connection to the project work and the take home assignment.

Liepina Inese and Jutvik Gitte (200x), Education for change. A handbook for teaching and learning sustainable development ISBN 978-91-86189-01-3 (72 pp.) Available as pdf.
Nordén, Birgitta (2016) Learning and teaching sustainable development in global-local context. Malmö Studies in Educational Sciences. Chapter 2. Malmö University. (25 pp.) Available as pdf.
Scott, William and Vare, Paul (2018) The world we’ll leave behind. Grasping the sustainability challenge. London and New York: Routledge. (234 pp.)
The Worldwatch Instutute (2013) Is sustainability still possible? State of the World 2013. (100 pp.) Available as pdf at http://library.uniteddiversity.coop/More_Books_and_Reports/State_of_the_World/State_of_the_World_2013-Is_Sustainability_Still_Possible.pdf
UNESCO (2014) Road map for Implementing the Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development. (37 pp). Available as pdf http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0023/002305/230514e.pdf

Course evaluation

Evaluation is an integral part of the course and takes place on two separate occasions: mid-course and at the end of the course. A final written individual evaluation based on the learning outcomes is done at the end of the course. The results of the course evaluation is summarised and made available in a report to be used as a basis for future courses.

Course reports


The education is provided by the Faculty of Education and Society at the Natural Science, Mathematics and Society.

Further information

Birgitta Nordén, Course Coordinator
Phone: 040-6658020
Monica Lotfinia, Student Administrator
Phone: 040-665 77 52


08 November 2021 - 16 January 2022 Day-time 100% Malmö Application period for this offer starts 15 March 2021.