The MSLS learning environment is designed to be an intimate and supportive space to learn about sustainability, practice leadership and build the relationships that will support our future work. A non-traditional educational setting with experiential and holistic learning methods is what the programme seeks to provide.
The delivery of the curriculum follows a spiral learning approach, beginning with an overview of core concepts and followed by progressively deeper consideration and application of the concepts later on through a self-directed learning approach. The programme is structured to provide leadership opportunities and move progressively from learning the "rules of the game" (period 1) to "playing the game" (periods 2, 3 and 4). This means that as the year progresses the program is less instructor-led and more student-led where students direct their learning towards their own needs and tap the collective wisdom of the group via project work.
The last four and a half months (periods 3 and 4) are devoted primarily to a major project, where students work in small groups and use their knowledge of the SSD framework to apply it to an actual business, community or other project and produce a final thesis.
The programme involves different learning methods such as lectures, group work, case studies, individual and group assignments, presentations, workshops, seminars, field trips and more. There is a strong emphasis on an open and interactive environment, peer-learning, and a collegial coaching relationship between instructors and learners.