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Human Ecology Studies and Higher Education for Sustainable Development

European Experiences and Examples

Angela Franz-Balsen

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Angela Franz-Balsen, Lenelis Kruse(Hg.), Human Ecology Studies and Higher Education for Sustainable Development (2016), oekom verlag, München, ISBN: 9783960061427

Description / Abstract

Higher Education for Sustainable Development (HESD) and Human Ecology (HE) Studies both focus on the interrelationships between people and the environment. Both approaches represent innovative academic cultures that aim at qualifying future professionals and decision-makers. Nevertheless, potential synergies between HESD and HE Studies have not yet been explored.

Examples of curriculum development at European universities illustrate the barriers, the progress, and the innovative potential of HE Studies and of HESD, while the presentation of student initiatives for sustainable development in higher education testifies the political commitment of today’s students.

The objective of this compilation is to stimulate European exchange and cooperation. One of the major insights is that the joining of forces between HE Studies and HESD is overdue. Sharing the same aims, the two approaches could complement each other and provide valuable experiences for more sustainability in higher education policies - against the backdrop of the UN-Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005 -2014) and the post-2015 agenda.

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Angela Franz-Balsen is an independent expert on (Higher) Education for Sustainable Development. Her research interests are professional development and gender & diversity competence in sustainability communication/education. Since 1994 she has been member of the German Society of Human Ecology (DGH) and is currently responsible for communication matters.

Lenelis Kruse is professor of psychology with a special focus on environmental and sustainability psychology. Associated with the FernUniversität in Hagen (distance-teaching university) until 2007, she is still teaching as honorary professor at the University of Heidelberg. As one of the founding members of the DGH, she is currently serving as member of the Scientific Advisory Board.

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Table of content

  • Human Ecology Studies and Higher Education for Sustainable Development
  • Contents
  • Preface: The German Society for Human Ecology (DGH) – Bernhard Glaeser
  • Higher Education for Sustainable Development and Human Ecology in the European Higher Education Area – missed chances and current challenges – Angela Franz-Balsen, Lenelis Kruse
  • Introduction
  • Human Ecology: Historical background and state of art
  • The Contributions
  • Further Challenges
  • References
  • Times of change - new paradigms, new academic cultures
  • Education for sustainable development: from reduction to integration – Rietje van Dam-Mieras
  • At the bottom lines – student initiatives for sustainable development in higher education – Mandy Singer-Brodowski, Hannes Bever
  • Progress, barriers and innovative potential. Examples of curriculum development from European universities
  • Leuphana University Lüneburg and the sustainability challenge: a review and a preview – Maik Adomßent, Gerd Michelsen
  • Human Ecology at the University of Gothenburg: experiences in undergraduate teaching – Karl Bruckmeier, Merritt Polk
  • Let’s shape the future! The success story of the Master’s Degree in Sustainable Development at the University of Basel, Switzerland – Camelia Chebbi, Patricia Burkhardt-Holm
  • Intertwining Sustainable Development in engineering courses: a manual for the “Individual Interactive Approach” – Dirk Jan Peet, Arianne Bijma, Karel Mulder
  • Human ecology in higher education in Poland – Anna Siniarska-Wolanska
  • Conclusions
  • Human Ecology Studies and Higher Education for Sustainable Development – key issues and European perspectives – Angela Franz-Balsen, Lenelis Kruse
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