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A Holistic Approach to Delivering Sustainable Design Education in Civil Engineering

Lookup NU author(s): Chandra Vemury, Professor Oliver Heidrich, Dr Neil Thorpe



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Emerald, 2018.

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This paper presents pedagogical approaches developed and implemented to deliver Sustainable Design Education (SDE) to second year undergraduate students on civil engineering programmes in the (then) School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at Newcastle University. In doing so the work presented offers an example of how to help students understand the contested and contingent nature of sustainability. Design/methodology/approach: The research presented takes an action-based approach to the development of a teaching and assessment model centred on problem-based and project-based learning in a real world context.

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Author(s): Vemury CM, Heidrich O, Thorpe N, Crosbie T

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

Year: 2018

Volume: 19

Issue: 1

Pages: 197-216

Online publication date: 20/12/2017

Acceptance date: 12/09/2017

Date deposited: 27/09/2017

ISSN (print): 1467-6370

ISSN (electronic): 1758-6739

Publisher: Emerald


DOI: 10.1108/IJSHE-04-2017-0049


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