Learning & Teaching

UNSW offers a range of educational programs that equip our future leaders with the skills to tackle contemporary environmental sustainability challenges. To provide a platform for sustainability knowledge to be embedded in all learning and teaching programs, a progressive three-year program is planned to engage staff and students with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This would begin with the development of a suite of online resources to support the inclusion of ‘SDG thinking’ in courses as academic staff sees fit.

The next phase is a ‘Champions for the Goals’ program where an academic lead is assigned for each SDG. The lead would identify projects (e.g. thesis/course assessment tasks, learning activities) where the UNSW campus is used as a living laboratory to test the potential application and contribution to the SDGs.


  • Offer learning and teaching programs that inspire students to contribute to a sustainable world

  • Provide leading interdisciplinary education in environmental management


  • The SDG module is offered across the FULT (Foundations of University Learning and Teaching) program of study by Term 1 2020.
  • One course per program of study per faculty includes the SDG module as an assessed activity by 2021.
  • One course per program of study per faculty incorporates SDG thinking using the SDG toolkit by Term 2 2021.
  • One project per SDG is developed and integrated as an assessed activity by Term 1 2022.
  • Continue to offer interdisciplinary education in environmental management in line with the Learning and Teaching Academic Standards Statement for Environment and Sustainability.


  • Develop an online ‘SDG thinking’ module to improve the SDG literacy of students and staff.
  • Develop an ‘SDG thinking’ toolkit available through UNSW Teaching Gateway.