Integrating Sustainability Competencies in Curriculum

This course aims to provide educators at Lund University with the tools and knowledge to integrate sustainability competencies into courses or degree programmes. The course provides protected time for exploration and discussion, as well as the opportunity to develop a pragmatic individual project.


This course is a thematic course, providing advanced pedagogical training for teachers across all academic levels at all faculties of Lund University. The course explores various relevant pedagogical theories and approaches to advance education for sustainability (EfS), for example, constructivist learning theory, transformative pedagogies, and sustainability competencies. The course actively considers these concepts in relation to intended learning outcomes, teaching and learning activities, and assessment methods, motivated by constructive alignment. 

The course hosts several participatory workshops, which provide participants with the opportunity to observe, interrogate, and practice various pedagogical approaches. The individual course project invites participants to produce teaching resources that are immediately actionable in their own classes or degree programmes. This will be accompanied by a brief individual reflective essay, connecting one’s pedagogical choices with the broader course content and institutional context.

Course Dates

The course runs from 16 September – 13 December 2024.

The course hosts the following workshops:

  • 18 September 13:15-15:30
  • 02 October 13:15-15:30
  • 16 October 13:15-15:30
  • 30 October 13:15-15:30
  • 11 November 13:15-15:30
  • 04 December 13:15-15:30

All course activities take place in Room O104 at the MNO Building (Sölvegatan 16), unless otherwise stated.

Other Important Dates & Deadlines

  • 29 November: Deadline - Draft Project Report
  • 13 December: Deadline - Final Project Report

Scope & Assessment

The course is equivalent to one week of pedagogical training, corresponding to 40 hours of full-time work. To receive a certificate, course participants shall demonstrate achievement of the intended learning outcomes by:

  • Actively participating in discussions.
  • Submitting an individual course project.
  • Attending at least 80% of classroom or online activities.

If a participant does not complete a course within the specified time, all course components must be submitted within three years of commencement in order to receive a course certificate.

To receive a course certificate, the participant shall demonstrate an ability to:

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Understand and recognise the eight sustainability competencies, as well as contrast these competencies to general, professional, and other disciplinary competencies.
  • Understand the core principles of sustainability and how they motivate the need for sustainability competencies.
  • Connect the sustainability competencies to their application in various disciplines and classroom contexts.

Competence and Skills

  • Apply pedagogical theories and approaches that advance sustainability competencies, such as constructivist learning theory and other transformative pedagogies.
  • Design courses or degree programs that incorporate sustainability competencies, considering intended learning outcomes, teaching and learning activities, and assessment methods.

Judgement and Approach

  • Evaluate and adapt teaching methods to foster critical thinking, creativity, and transformative learning for sustainability in relevant disciplinary and institutional context.
  • Weigh the complexity of a sustainability problem/solution by applying transformative pedagogies that promote pragmatism and emotional resilience.
  • Reflect on the example you set in modelling a sustainable lifestyle, and the impact this may have on your students.

Previous coursework in pedagogy is required to participate in the course. For example, participants shall have completed the course ‘Introduction to Teaching and Learning in Higher Education’ or similar. Alternatively, those with two years of teaching experience or a permament contract for a teaching position will also be considered for enrolment. 

The selected course book is Competences in Education for Sustainable Development edited by Vare et al. (2022).

Vare, P., Lausselet, N., & Rieckmann, M. (Eds.). (2022). Competences in education for sustainable development: Critical perspectives. Springer.

Available as an e-book via Lund University Libraries –

Who is this course for?

This thematic course is suitable for anyone with an interest to integrate sustainability in their teaching practice. Thus, we welcome a wide range of participants.

Lund University has committed to including sustainability curriculum in all degree programmes. Thus, this course is especially suited for individuals that: 

  • Wish to receive support, inspiration, and resources to advance teaching for sustainability.
  • Wish to respond to changing student needs and expectations, both professionally and civically, during a time of great uncertainty.
  • Teach courses that are relevant to sustainability.
  • Contribute to curriculum design in a course or degree programme.
  • Desire to align their teaching practice with personally held values.


The course is offered by the Division for Higher Education Development (AHU) as one of several different thematic courses. For those interested in continuing to develop their competence, learn more about our university-wide initative called 'Teaching for Sustainability'.

Join the community in 'Teaching for Sustainability' –

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About the course

Language: English

Scope: 1 week (40 hours)

Entry Requirements:
'Introduction to Teaching and Learning in Higher Education', or equivalent

Fee: 4 200 SEK

How to Apply

Registration is closed.

Potential Scholarship

A scholarship is available for those where your faculty, department, or project is unable to finance your participation in this course. For more information, contact the following person: 

Terese Thoni
Education Coordinator 
LU Sustainability Forum

Contact Person

For questions about course administration, contact Annika Diehl. 

Annika Diehl
Education Coordinator

Course Facilitators

Steven Curtis

Karin Steen


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