Sustainable development as a way to improve the quality of life
Within the framework of the project “Facing Global Challenges”, the leaders of which are the teachers of the Department of Foreign Languages of the Humanities L.N. Yusupova, O. M. Sherekhova, T.M. Tatarina, students of Petrozavodsk University get acquainted with topical issues of sustainable development and consider options for achieving its 17 goals not only at the global level, but also at the level of a specific state, region, settlement, family, individual. Students discuss the challenges of economic growth and achieving goals in education, health, social protection, employment, climate change and environmental protection.
Within the framework of this project, 1st year undergraduate students of the Institute of History, Political and Social Sciences under the guidance of teachers of the Department of Foreign Languages of Humanities O.M. Sherekhova and O.V. Vikulina took an active part in the discussion of issues of sustainable development of society and personality. Students prepared videos dedicated to alarming situations in the world, as well as social problems of their region and country, the discussion of which was organized by the teachers in the form of an analytical discussion.
Students of the “History of International Relations” direction discussed the problems of migrants and refugees, climate change and environmental protection, as well as the problems of protecting human rights and resolving conflicts at different levels. These issues are addressed in the framework of the goals “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development”, “Combat climate change” and “Reduce inequality”.
Freshmen of the specialty “History of Russia” showed interest in the preservation of languages and cultures of small nations, in particular the Karelian language, problems of development and globalization of education in the developing world, employment opportunities in their specialty, preservation of the original villages of Karelia amid growing urbanization. These objectives are in line with program objectives such as Reducing Inequality, Quality Education, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Decent Work and Economic Growth.
Participation of students in projects in English allows them not only to acquire new knowledge about the possibilities for effective development of society, but also to master new skills in the process of creating English-language videos covering sustainable development issues.