How to Connect Societal Challenges

There are many way to begin connecting your curriculum to real life societal challenges and introduce civic engagement into your teaching activities.  Through exploring the causes of existing societal challenges and problematizing opportunities for addressing these, students acquire a contextual understanding of content. Students can also gain a greater appreciation for the variety of civic society organisations working in areas related to their discipline and how they can collaborate now and in the future. If appropriate, you can map out who the key stakeholders are and consider how you could potentially connect with them. 

Get confident with:

  • Identify pressing societal challenges and opportunities of consequence to the discipline; 
  • Examine the key stakeholders connected to your disciplinary area and societal challenges;
  • Make use of the suggested activities to bring societal challenges into your lesson plans.

SDGs and the Curriculum

A sister toolkit on the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the curriculum has been developed by UCC Green Campus. Community engaged learning is an ideal mechanism for delivering learning that can have an impact on society to achieve local and global ambitions articulated by the Sustainable Development Goals framework. 

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