Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education

2019 Edition
| Editors: Walter Leal Filho

Design of Study Programs on Sustainable Development

  • Alexandra ErshovaEmail author
  • Denis Alexeev
  • Mikhail Shilin
  • Tatjana Bagrova
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-11352-0_208


A study program (SP) on sustainable development (SD) is a set of educational and methodological materials regulating the educational process, aimed at the formation of appropriate competencies in the field of sustainable development. In general, the study program includes a general description where the main mission (idea) of the program is disclosed, a curriculum defining the sequence and a list of disciplines and modules studied, programs (plans) of each discipline, and the conditions for implementing the program.


Education for sustainable development (ESD) is considered to have a significant influence on environmental awareness, everyday lifestyles, and consumer behavior. The system approach to solving complex sustainability issues requires different disciplines and social actors to meet, learn from each other, communicate, and search for common creative solutions. The university system should respond to these challenges and change from being highly...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexandra Ershova
    • 1
    Email author
  • Denis Alexeev
    • 1
  • Mikhail Shilin
    • 1
  • Tatjana Bagrova
    • 1
  1. 1.Russian State Hydrometeorological UniversitySt. PetersburgRussia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Ingrid Molderez
    • 1
  1. 1.KU LeuvenLeuvenBelgium