Award in Sustainable Development Goals: Awareness and Accomplishment through Classroom Practice

MQF Level: 7

ECTS Value: 3 ECTS

Duration: 6 Sessions

Contact Hours: 15

Self Study Hours: 36

Assessment Hours: 24


Overall Objectives and Outcomes

This module introduces course participants to The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (UN Sustainable Development Summit, 2015). In doing so, course participants will be provided with theoretical knowledge on each goal, including its practical implications within a classroom setting and beyond. Following this, the module will delve into the interconnections between the 17 sustainable goals. The ramifications of the interdependence between the goals will be explored on a national and on a global scale.  Finally, the module will entice course participants to rethink and re-evaluate their role as classroom practitioners trying to raise awareness of sustainable goals, and implementing practical measures to achieve these goals. Innovative ways on how these goals can be used to channel classroom practice will be examined and promoted. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants interested in following this programme are to be in possession of a Bachelor’s degree (MQF Level 6 with a minimum of 180 ECTS, or equivalent).


a) Develop an informed ability to be critical and analytical when searching for connections between different sustainable goals;

b) Bridge theoretical knowledge on sustainable goals with classroom practice;

c) Transform some of the sustainable goals into measurable and concrete actions within a classroom/school setting;

d) design lesson plans/ projects that translate sustainable goals into viable and doable actions within a classroom/ school setting.


a) Describe the 17 sustainable goals;

b) Explain the ideological preambles for sustainable goals;

c) Widen one’s perspective on sustainable goals;

d) Critically analyse the underlying preambles of the 17 sustainable goals within a local and global context;

e) Assess how sustainable goals are being addressed within different contexts.


a) Explore different modes of classroom practice to raise awareness of sustainable goals;

b) Appreciate the inter-relationship between different sustainable goals;

c) Obtain a broader understanding of an interdisciplinary approach to addressing sustainable goals;

d) Appreciate the ‘beyond the classroom’ lessons when learning and teaching about sustainable goals;

e) Appreciate the philosophical, ethical, social, economical, environmental, political and educational implications of sustainable goals;

f) Think creatively when exploring different avenues to address sustainable goals.

Assessment Methods

This module will be assessed through: Case Study, Presentation and Assignment

Suggested Readings

Core Reading List
  1. Caballero, P. & Londono, P. (2022). Redefining development: The extraordinary genesis of the sustainable development goals. Lynne Rienner Publishers.
  2. Chang, C.C., Kidman, G., & Wi, A. (Eds.). (2020). Issues in reaching and learning of education for sustainability: Theory into practice.
  3. Jorgenson, S. (2022). What’s really worth sustaining? Journal of School & Society, 8(2), 2-80.
  5. Reimers, F.M. (2017). Empowering students to improve the world in sixty lessons. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
Suggested Readings List
  1. Gadsby, H. & Bullivant, A. (Eds.). (2010). Global learning and sustainable development (Teaching contemporary themes in secondary education).
  2. Kavanagh, A.M., Waldron, F., & Mallon, B. (Eds.). (2021). Teaching for social justice and sustainable development across the primary curriculum.
  3. Misiaszek, G. W. (2021). Ecopedagogy: Critical environmental teaching for planetary justice and global sustainable development. Bloomsbury Academic
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