Role of SDGs in Reconceptualising the Education for Sustainable Development Curriculum in Higher Education in South Africa

  • Soul ShavaEmail author
  • Matlala Violet Makokotlela
  • Headman Hebe
Part of the Sustainable Development Goals Series book series (SDGS)


The global environmental crises are constantly evolving and with them, the need to revisit the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in the higher education curricula to respond to them. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide the latest international attempt towards global sustainability. In an effort to keep our ESD curriculum current, the ESD course modules across the different levels of the University of South Africa’s College of Education are being revamped and reoriented in order to articulate these global environmental issues. This chapter reviews the recurriculation process of one of these course modules on environmental education in relation to the SDGs. A document analysis approach was employed for exploring specific aspects, namely, the inclusion of SDGs, Africanisation and contextualisation of the content. The review found that there was no coverage of SDGs in the module and that there was a limited effort towards Africanisation and contextualisation of the content. The chapter recommends how these aspects can be incorporated into the module and into similar ESD course modules under recurriculation.


Environmental education Curriculum Higher education Sustainable development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Soul Shava
    • 1
    Email author
  • Matlala Violet Makokotlela
    • 1
  • Headman Hebe
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Science and Technology EducationUniversity of South AfricaPretoriaSouth Africa

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