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Students will learn the theoretical underpinnings of environmental education through a study of the concept of environmentalism. The subject will combine an introduction to theory and practice in the field of environmental education. A particular focus will be on different understandings of nature and the environment and the implications of these for education. This will include the role that science has played and continues to play in our understanding of both the environment and education. The subject 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 educational activities. In addition, the subject will deal with ways of actualising individuals or groups who wish to learn how to become involved in action for the environment and social change.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Explore the promises and challenges that exist in developing and implementing educational programs, materials and strategies for ecological justice and social change.
- Utilise 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 organisations, communities and institutions.
- Critical reasoning and thinking
- Problem solving
- Evidence based decision making
- Creativity and innovation
- Teamwork and professional collaboration
- Self-reflection, career awareness and lifelong learning
- Active and participatory citizenship.
Last updated: 29 July 2022