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ERIC Number: EJ863054
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0973-4082
Creating a Culture of Sustainability: Infusing Sustainability into the Humanities
Otto, Eric; Wohlpart, A. James
Journal of Education for Sustainable Development, v3 n2 p231-235 2009
Ultimately, sustainability "must take root in the consciousness and cultures of society" to become an effective means of creating widespread change. Indeed, the participants at the 1997 UNESCO Conference on Environment and Society: Education and Public Awareness for Sustainability recognised "that radical social change must occur before environmental change can transpire". The humanities, the broad disciplinary perspectives that include the study of languages and literature, the visual and performing arts, and philosophy and communication, are particularly well disposed to engage values and beliefs and thus to effect change in cultural systems. At Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), The University Colloquium: A Sustainable Future and Composition I curriculum goes a long way towards introducing students to the issues and challenges of sustainability. This article discusses how FGCU creates a culture of sustainability by infusing sustainability into the humanities. It describes how the university has worked to create a more comprehensive curriculum to advance sustainability education through service learning--the direct engagement of students in their communities on projects that advance their classroom learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida