Logo: to the web site of the Swedish Defence University

fhs.se
Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard-cite-them-right
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Safety management module to create social sustainability skills
Swedish Defence University, Department of Military Studies, Science of Command and Control and Military Technology Division, Military Technology Applications Section.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8968-9793
2020 (English)In: International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, ISSN 1467-6370, E-ISSN 1758-6739, Vol. 21, no 4, p. 717-732Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – This study has a scope limited to a specific course and changes integrated to the core of the KTH naval architecture master program. The students in the program have earlier experience from engineering applications in a general sustainability perspective and understand the basic concepts within sustainability. Therefore, to introduce further steps a new course module was introduced in 2018 focusing on safety management and social sustainability. The purpose of this study is to identify and document the pedagogic lessons for a course module where sustainable development (SD) is discipline-specific.

Design/methodology/approach – This study is a case study that qualitatively investigates the stainability effects of the implementation of the new course module. The course and program activities are compared to the results of a previous study in 2017 on the sustainable development learning elements (SDLEs) in the program and discussed in relation to more general SD initiatives.

Findings – From the analysis, it is identified that the perspectives presented were new to a substantial part of the students. This study also shows that the effects of the specific module here studied, with a focus on the skill of maritime social sustainability development, differ from more general sustainability literacy. The new perspective affected the thinking about the core of the students’ studies, ship design, in a way that general knowledge on sustainability has not. This was achieved with a combination of suitable tools and perspectives in combination with contextual knowledge and a frame of reference. The contextual knowledge and a frame of reference are here present in education as a result of relating the sustainability case to the core of the program.

Originality/value – The result relates the pedagogical change described to SDLEs and to the ambition of conceive, design, implement and operate approaches. This paper contributes to the literature by providing a discussion on how social sustainability can be implemented in engineering education and the role of integrated discipline-specific sustainability modules.

Paper type: Case study.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2020. Vol. 21, no 4, p. 717-732
Keywords [en]
social sustainability, safety, engineering education, discipline-specific engineering skills
Keywords [sv]
social hållbarhet, säkerhet, ingenjörsutbildning, disciplinspecifika ingenjörsförmågor
National Category
Pedagogy Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Systems science for defence and security
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-9137DOI: 10.1108/IJSHE-09-2019-0264ISI: 000530317000001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-9137DiVA, id: diva2:1428533
Available from: 2020-05-05 Created: 2020-05-05 Last updated: 2021-09-23Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

AAM(896 kB)202 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 896 kBChecksum SHA-512
7de44b30df8a2a90388a38e32a6fbb6a09bd8ad6fd21a7d8cd2a765d9e8f36398df031da3aa0ca9b4135abd546aadb8d2777657425f3cca81b6a21c1ab990ea9
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

Other links

Publisher's full text

Authority records

Liwång, Hans

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Liwång, Hans
By organisation
Military Technology Applications Section
In the same journal
International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
PedagogyOther Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specifiedSocial Sciences Interdisciplinary

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 202 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

doi
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

doi
urn-nbn
Total: 455 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard-cite-them-right
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf