Teaching Career Using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (E/SI)

April 27, 2021 | 2:15 - 3:00

Track: Embodying Sustainability

Inspired by the United Nations (UN) 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a university career transition course introduced the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in its curriculum. A natural fit between career education and the UN SDGs was discovered, as students pondered three big questions:
• What is the world that I want to live in?
• What do I see are the global problems or opportunities that need our attention?
• What are my talents and experiences that may help address these problems, and in turn improve the condition of our world?

The session provides an overview of the course and discusses how the SDGs were incorporated into the course curriculum. Incorporating the SDGs in career practice and education can inspire students to consider not only their occupational aspirations, but also how these aspirations can be grounded on a broader goal(s) that promotes a sustainable future for our local and global communities. For students, identifying an SDG(s) they are passionate about can help them realize their lifelong mission and career purpose.

Attendees will have an opportunity to experience some of the learning activities facilitated in the course and consider their transferability to their own institutional context. If time permits, they will also review and compare examples of student assignment submissions and consider how the SDGs enable students to articulate their career goals and purpose.

Session Speakers

Candy Ho

Assistant Professor, Integrative Career and Capstone Learning

University of the Fraser Valley

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