Education for Sustainable Development (ESD),
Global Citizenship, and Curriculum Development

 

Internationalising the Curriculum

This is another related term which is also relevant to consider here. Internationalisation has been defined as:

… the process of integrating an international, intercultural or global dimension into the purpose, functions or delivery of higher education at the institutional and national levels

(Knight, 2008, p. 21).

This is sometimes translated as the need for a few more case studies in the curriculum, however a genuine Internationalising of the curriculum requires some reflection on our own worldviews as individuals, as disciplines and as institutions. If we wish to develop a worldview that is less situated in our own cultural and experiential backgrounds, we need to think outside of the traditional paradigms both within our own teaching practice, our own disciplines and our own institutions. As Leask (2008) puts it:

an internationalised curriculum, must as a minimum cater to the rapidly changing and divergent needs of all students as global citizens…

At MMU we are working to incorporate aspects of ESD and Global Citizenship into our curricula and to translate these ideas into the outcomes of a transformative educational experience for students in all disciplines.