Australian universities have collaborated to produce a comprehensive statement of standards: ‘Learning and teaching academic standards: environment and environmental sustainability’ project. Support for this project has been provided by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching.
The statement describes the minimum or threshold learning outcomes (TLOs) that graduates of tertiary programs in Environment and Sustainability are expected to meet or exceed. The TLOs provide a curriculum reference point for designing and teaching diverse and innovative environment and sustainability programs.
Transdisciplinary knowledge 1. Demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge of: 1.1. environments at various scales, interdependencies between human societies and environments, and sustainability 1.2. key environmental and sustainability challenges and their drivers 1.3. holistic systems thinking and complexity.
Systemic understanding 2. Demonstrate an understanding of diverse approaches to environment and sustainability, including: 2.1. disciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches to identifying and conceptualising environmental and sustainability challenges 2.2. different frameworks for knowing 2.3. their own and others’ values, knowledge, ethical positions and interests 2.4. the particular values, knowledge, ethical positions and interests of indigenous peoples globally.
Skills for environment and sustainability 3. Demonstrate well-developed cognitive, technical and communication skills through: 3.1. addressing research questions by identifying, synthesising and applying appropriate knowledge and evidence from diverse sources 3.2. thinking critically and creatively in designing and evaluating sustainable alternatives and envisioning sustainable futures 3.3. applying tools, methods, skills and theoretical knowledge for environment and sustainability practice 3.4. working both independently and collaboratively 3.5. communicating with diverse groups in various contexts using a range of written, oral and visual means 3.6. engaging with Indigenous approaches to environmental and sustainability challenges.
Ethical practice 4. Demonstrate an ethical professional, public and personal conduct by having capacity to: 4.1. reflect on and direct their own learning and practice in the context of environment and sustainability 4.2. participate constructively in decision-making consistent with principles of sustainable development