Option 1: Integrate CE curriculum into an Existing Higher Education Course

Learning Design

The integration of Circular Economy (CE) learning resources into an existing course and the design of an authentic, scaffolded CE-related assignment requires careful integration into the disciplinary curriculum so that the CE content and assignment do not compete or appear as an add-on to the curriculum.


Undergraduate or graduate students in disciplines such as

  • applied and professional degrees: business, economics, construction, healthcare, manufacturing, information technology
  • design studies
  • environmental sciences
  • policy studies
  • organizational / systems leadership
  • STEM, etc.

Benefits of this approach

Students are incentivized because the learning design

  • contributes to their degree completion
  • allows them to be creative, use systems thinking, and collaborate with others (practice trans-disciplinary skills)
  • empowers them to address pressing real-world issues.


Option 1 requires the careful integration of CE modules into an existing curriculum to assure that disciplinary outcomes, CE competencies, and authentic tasks align and support one another. 

Learning Resources

Many CE educational resources on the topic of a circular economy already exist and can be used when redesigning existing curriculum towards a CE focus.

Work Scope

Course Revision, Course Redesign


One semester