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Environmental Education and Learning for Sustainability

ELS31806

About this course

Education and learning, citizen participation and whole system innovations are considered important tools in developing people's environmental and sustainability interests, concerns and competences, but also to improve the performance of people, organizations and systems in transitioning towards sustainable living and ecological mindfulness. This course enables students to actively engage with critical issues in designing an appropriate environmental and sustainability education programme or activity, using a variety of learning and community engagement approaches. During the course students explore the emancipatory use of education, learning, communication, multi-stakeholder participation and whole system re-design. The emancipatory capacity-building perspective, as opposed to an instrumental behaviour change-oriented perspective, will be explored, related, challenged and illustrated by practical examples from multiple contexts.

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:

  • identify new forms of education, learning and capacity-building that can contribute to restoring, regenerating and re-imagining human - nature - environment relationships;

  • understand the role of education and learning in environmental policy making, sustainability transitions, stimulating awareness, action and a change in lifestyle, connecting people, young and old, with the natural world, and other sustainability-oriented learning initiatives;

  • develop and critique an environmental/sustainability education strategy or a specific strategy for an environmental innovation/sustainability transition process of their own choice

  • actively engage their peers in a sustainability topic through a hands-on educational activity they co-design.

Teaching method and examination

The grade will be based on:

  • the quality of the students' group work and design-case report (50%);
  • active participation in the excursions/activities and lecture sessions (10%);
  • the quality of their co-designed educational intervention for peers (20%);
  • two short reflective assignments (20%).

Required prior knowledge

Assumed Knowledge:
Master students and 3rd year Bachelor students with at least some background in social sciences (e.g. in education, communication, sociology, philosophy or psychology) and experience in interdisciplinary team work can join this course.

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Offering(s)

  • Start date

    13 mei 2024

    • Ends
      5 juli 2024
    • Term *
      Period 6
    • Location
    • Instruction language
      English
    Enrolment period closed
  • Start date

    12 mei 2025

    • Ends
      4 juli 2025
    • Term *
      Period 6
    • Location
    • Instruction language
      English
    Enrolment starts in 46 days
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