Everything is INTERRELATED: Teaching Software Engineering for Sustainability

Birgit Penzenstadler, Stefanie Betz, Colin C. Venters, Ruzanna Chitchyan, Jari Porras, Norbert Seyff, Leticia Duboc, Christoph Becker

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Sustainability has become an important concern across many disciplines, and software systems play an increasingly central role in addressing it. However, teaching students from software engineering and related disciplines to effectively act in this space requires interdisciplinary courses that combines the concept of sustainability with software engineering practice and principles. Yet, presently little guidance exist on which subjects and materials to cover in such courses and how, combined with a lack of reusable learning objects. This paper describes a summer school course on Software Engineering for Sustainability (SE4S). We provide a blueprint for this course, in the hope that it can help the community develop a shared approach and methods to teaching SE4S. Practical lessons learned from delivery of this course are also reported here, and could help iterate over the course materials, structure, and guidance for future improvements. The course blueprint, availability of used materials and report of the study results make this course viable for replication and further improvement.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings 2018 ACM/IEEE 40th International Conference on Software Engineering
Subtitle of host publicationSoftware Engineering Education and Training, ICSE-SEET 2018
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450356602
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2018
Event40th International Conference on Software Engineering - Gothenburg, Sweden
Duration: 27 May 20183 Jun 2018
Conference number: 40

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Conference on Software Engineering
ISSN (Print)0270-5257


Conference40th International Conference on Software Engineering
Abbreviated titleICSE 2018
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