Управление глобальными изменениями окружающей среды: к мультидисциплинарности в экологическом образовании

It is typical for the region of the former USSR and Mongolia that universities and research centres have good expertise in mono disciplinary research, while multi- and transdisciplinary studies are not yet well developed, including environmental sciences. The subject area of the project is environmental governance. Parallel to the development of this subject area, the project will address the quality of teaching towards international standards while taking into account existing quality of contents and teaching methodology, and the cultural and historic characteristics of the region. The project wants to introduce a more interactive and reflective mode of teaching, more oriented towards group work and encouraging inquires into bordering subject areas. It will focus above all on the development of an understanding to why venturing beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries can be useful and rewarding. The focus will be on capacity development and expert support to ensuring state-of-art interdisciplinary content and methodology as well as practical relevance of undergraduate courses with the additional aim to sharpen their innovate character and international orientation. This program will be implemented through a needs assessment, series of contact sessions (12 in total), and curriculum development work by the participants supported by the core faculty.

The main anticipated outcomes of the project include: 

 

  • Improved understanding of the need for multidisciplinary, innovate teaching in the environmental field among junior faculty in the region;
  • Sustainable strengthened inclusion of junior faculty in the region in international and regional networks;
  • Improved curricula through identification and explanation of deficiencies and flaws;
  • More interactive, reflective methods of teaching that encourage multidisciplinary thinking of teachers and students;
  • Raised expertise in multidisciplinary environmental science through training and individual consultations;
  • Social learning for young faculty in the region and for the resource faculty.