River Hawk Experience Distinction Course Designation Rubric: Sustainability

The dimensions identified below are qualities that we hope to encourage in RHED Sustainability students. Please evaluate the extent to which the course/course assignments give students the opportunity to demonstrate each ability or mindset as described. Please note that these outcome descriptions are aspirational; students may be called on to achieve some measure short of total mastery in any category, depending on the course aims and level. Download the full Sustainability Rubric (pdf).

Systems Thinking Students can analyze the nature of systems (whether human, natural, technical, etc.) in different contexts, identifying how the factors and their interactions generate outcomes over the whole, and how they work over time. 
Environmental and climate justice 
Students can appraise the political, economic, and social factors that affect sustainability efforts, and analyze how structural inequalities contribute to sustainability challenges, and the unequal experience of effects. 
Advocacy and social responsibility 
Students can describe the skills required for successful advocacy, evaluate case examples, and formulate and execute an effective strategy for making change. 
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 
Students can apply the 17 U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and sub-objectives to identify and evaluate sustainability-related problems and/or solutions. 
Cross-disciplinary approaches 
Students integrate diverse content areas and methods in identifying and/or addressing sustainability issues/challenge, synthesizing information from diverse disciplines to draw conclusions.