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Teaching Urban Sustainability: A Study Abroad Perspective

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Department of Geography, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701, USA
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Department of History, University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4RJ, UK
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School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH8 9XP, UK
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School of Law, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH8 9YL, UK
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Soc. Sci. 2019, 8(9), 254; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci8090254
Received: 14 July 2019 / Revised: 23 August 2019 / Accepted: 31 August 2019 / Published: 5 September 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Teaching Urban Sustainability: Lessons from the Classroom and Beyond)
Since 2011 more than 100 students from Ohio University have travelled to Edinburgh, Scotland, to study history, urban planning, and sustainability. In this paper we recount the genesis of this highly successful program, situate it in the broader literature on urban sustainability and study abroad, and then unpack its contents. We then consider how the adoption of green living practices combined with hands-on and experiential learning activities developed specifically for this program—including sustainability diaries, green spaces surveys, group research projects, and walking tours—complement content that is delivered in the classroom, and furthermore, how an emphasis on planning history and social equity contributes to student understanding of the forces that shape urban landscapes over time. In the end, we conclude that an urban sustainability theme conjoined with a location abroad presents educators with an opportunity to communicate critical sustainability principles that would be difficult to replicate if students did not leave their home university. View Full-Text
Keywords: Edinburgh; Scotland; experiential learning; green living; social equity; study abroad; urban history; urban planning; urban sustainability Edinburgh; Scotland; experiential learning; green living; social equity; study abroad; urban history; urban planning; urban sustainability
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Buckley, G.; Paul, T.; Kallin, H.; Cornell, H. Teaching Urban Sustainability: A Study Abroad Perspective. Soc. Sci. 2019, 8, 254.

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