Systems Thinking

Pedagogical Activities

Students work in groups to discuss and analyse different locations around the world (countries or regions) with different wealth/ poverty levels.

  • Consider the multi-perspective background (e.g. social, political, economic, cultural and ecological) of all stakeholders.
  • Discuss possible causes of these differences and analyse any connections between these perspectives.
  • Interview two organisations in different locations about the wealth/poverty situation.
  • What have they achieved? What are they doing to improve the situation? Are they working with a specific target and/or indicator of SDG 1?
  • Compare results between the two organisations.

Pedagogical Activities

Our World in Data: Explore the environmetal impact of food.

  • Students can seelct a category to investigate, for example, carbon footprint, land use, water use, scarcity-weighted water use and water pollution.
  • Comparisons can be made between different foods, by the use of graphs and emissions in the supply chain. 
  • The data can be adjusted in a flexible manner, so students can be given a speific task or explore with their own interests or hypothesies set.
  • Classroom discussion about unequal use of water and land and what we eat in different areas of the world, could be applied.

Pedagogical Activities

Pedagogical Activities

Pedagogical Activities

Pedagogical Activities

Pedagogical Activities

Pedagogical Activities

Pedagogical Activities

Pedagogical Activities

Pedagogical Activities

Pedagogical Activities

Pedagogical Activities

Teacher in Economics: I usually initiate my courses with a short update on relevant key variables for the Swedish or the global economy. Typical key variables are: GDP, inflation, unemployment rates etc. However, recently, I have also added the global temperature change to that list. So already, on the first day on a course, in more or less any subject within economics, the students are presented with facts about climate change. Thereby, it become easy to relate to climate change during a course when you are discussing growth theory, relations between rich and poor countries or almost any topic within economics.

How would you develop the activity for the next time? For now I am introducing the concept to more courses.


Pedagogical Activities

Pedagogical Activities

Global Foret Map: This map can be used for several different activities with students at diferent levels. Students can select different categories on the map to explore, for example, what events occure, where events occur and how changes have occured over time.

  • In groups students can be set a topic to explore, such as habitat loss and degradation, species extinctions, biodiversity loss, and deforestation.
  • Also, students could ecplore an event’s influence on indigenous communities or communities that rely on forests for basic needs.

Pedagogical Activities

Environmental Justice Atlas: Students can work in interdisciplinary teams to anlyse and learn about real-life cases around the world.

The atlas is an interactive tool that can be used to select cases depending on specific topics or places in the world. The cases can require students to do their own further search for information or application in different settings. The flexibility of the source helps teachers to adapt the resource for their own needs.


Pedagogical Activities

In groups, each student is given a different model of sustainable development to discuss and interpret the model.

  • The students are asked to consider what is good and bad about the model. Is it inclusive or exclusive?
  • The groups present their model and their main discussion points to the class and discuss together which model best suits sustainability and why.