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Students will learn that theoretical underpinnings of environmental education through a study of the concept of environmentalism. The course will combine an introduction to theory and practice in the field of environmental education. The growth of environmental education in the modern era, since the publication of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, will be discussed with particular reference to the landmark UNESCO/ENEP environmental education conferences in Belgrade (1975) and Tibilisi (1977). A particular focus will be the concept of sustainable development and its implications for education.The rhetoric of governments, corporations and NGO's concerning conservation issues and the environment generally will be considered in terms of environmental education for citizenship.The course will provide students with some of the important strategies for the development of environmental education in a variety of sectors. It will also provide ideas for teaching activities. In addition, the course will deal with ways of actualizing individuals or groups who wish to learn how to become involved in action for the environment.
Intended learning outcomes
- To explore the promises and challenges that exist in developing and implementing educational programs, materials and strategies for ecological justice and social change.
- To utilize emerging, critical, place-based educational theories combined with the power of thinking and working across traditional discipline boundaries, to examine ways in which opportunities for creating change might be developed and motivated within organizations, communities and institutions.
Last updated: 2 December 2019