An international, interdisciplinary, and dynamic approach to teaching energy utilization and sustainability Conference Paper uri icon


  • In this paper, we discuss the design, implementation, and study of perceptions of instructors and students of an undergraduate, core curriculum course (writing intensive and available for non-science majors) focused on the concepts of energy use, global impact, and sustainability issues and offered through the Engineering Department of a large, southern university. The course employed a unique pedagogy to the teaching and learning of current energy related issues and focused on strengthening the development of students' critical thinking and communication skills as they interacted with faculty, visiting scientists, graduate students, and undergraduate peer teachers. A description and discussion of the process utilized in achieving and maintaining dynamic, student-centered, and relevant university science coursework is also presented here.

author list (cited authors)

  • Yalvac, B., Economides, C., Brooks, L. A., & Smith, D.

publication date

  • January 2009