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Analysis of Sustainability Content into Undergraduate Engineering Curriculum at the Engineering School of Sao Carlos, University of São Paulo, Brazil

  • Bárbara Pacheco LopesEmail author
  • Laís Sanchez Assumpção
  • Yovana M. B. Saavedra
  • Fabio Neves Puglieri
  • Affonso Azanha
  • Patrícia Silva Leme
  • Aldo Roberto Ometto
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Part of the World Sustainability Series book series (WSUSE)

Abstract

Nowadays it is important that universities contribute to improving society through sustainability, preparing future professionals with the knowledge, capabilities, values, attitudes and abilities to act on Sustainable Development (SD). In 2013, the Engineering School of São Carlos (EESC), University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil, and the Environmental Management Superintendent (EMS), initiated an education for sustainable development project, with the aim of analysing the content of nine undergraduate engineering curricula with a view proposing more environmental-oriented disciplines. In this context, the educational policy project was reviewed and a curriculum analysis done, using an analytical method consisting of the identification of sustainability radicals, such as soc*, sustent*, ecolog* and natur* was performed. The results show that Environmental Engineering courses present the largest sustainability integration with 57 % of environmental-oriented disciplines, followed by Production Engineering courses with 13 %. On average, not considering Environmental Engineering course, only 5.7 % of the EESC engineering courses include some sustainable content, which indicates the necessity for change to the curricula.

Keywords

Higher education Engineering Curriculum change Education for sustainable development 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bárbara Pacheco Lopes
    • 1
    Email author
  • Laís Sanchez Assumpção
    • 1
  • Yovana M. B. Saavedra
    • 2
  • Fabio Neves Puglieri
    • 3
  • Affonso Azanha
    • 4
  • Patrícia Silva Leme
    • 5
  • Aldo Roberto Ometto
    • 3
  1. 1.Biology SciencesFederal University of São CarlosJardim Guanabara, Saint CharlesBrazil
  2. 2.Environmental Engineering Sciences, Engineering School of São CarlosUniversity of São PauloSaint CharlesBrazil
  3. 3.Department of Production Engineering, Engineering School of São CarlosUniversity of São PauloSaint CharlesBrazil
  4. 4.Mechanical Production Engineering, Engineering School of São CarlosUniversity of São PauloSaint CharlesBrazil
  5. 5.USP Recicla, Engineering School of São CarlosUniversity of São PauloSaint CharlesBrazil

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