Education for Sustainability (EfS)

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 EfS programme webpage on LSBU website 

Welcome to our Education for Sustainability (EfS) Knowledge Hub website….

This is the Knowledge website of the Education for Sustainability (EfS) Programme at London South Bank University (LSBU).

As an internationally recognised pioneer in the field of EfS, our EfS programme welcomes and thrives on diversity and inclusion. We offer a range of qualifications with flexible study modes, including distance learning. Since our launch in 1994, we have continued to grow steadily as a dynamic interface between theory and practice in EfS, both within and outside the UK.

If you wish to learn more about our EfS programme or to apply for it, please visit the EfS course webpage on LSBU website (see box on right).

Or if you would like to know about the global learning community of our EfS programme, comprising students, tutors, alumni and friends, and what you have done and are doing, take a look at our EfS Learning Community website (see box on right).

However, if you are curious about the content of our EfS programme, this is the website you should take a tour of…

The content of our EfS Masters programme comprises eight units and dissertation. The eight units are:
Unit 1: Introducing Education for Sustainability
Unit 2: Processes and management of change: with a focus on formal education
Unit 3: Values and participation: focus on adult, youth and community education
Unit 4: Local and Global: with a focus on NGO education
Unit 5: Theories and perspectives on environment and development
Unit 6: Science and culture in education for sustainability
Unit 7: Education for sustainability: education in change.
Unit 8: Researching Education for Sustainability

This website presents an overview on each of these units and dissertation. Moreover, you will find the contents of the Unit Study Guides and Unit Readers and extracts from these course materials, giving a flavour of the actual content.

Perhaps you would like to take a tour of our website. Here are the links to all pages and subpages...

EfS & Our Course

Units 1, 2 & 3
Unit 1
Unit 2
Unit 3

Units 4, 5 & 6
Unit 4
Unit 5
Unit 6

Units 7 & 8
Unit 7
Unit 8


Knowledge sources

 Global EfS Learning Community website 

  EfS and Our Course
  Events & Projects 
  Tutor team
  Students and Alumni

EfS programme content

Unit 1: Introducing Education for Sustainability
Provides an introductory overview of the subject. In particular, it will allow you to examine the relationship between education and society and consider the role that environmental education, development education and education for sustainability might play in educational and social change.

1. Debates in learning and education
2. Sustainability: joined-up thinking and practice
3. The emerging pedagogy of EfS: historical roots
4. Different models of EfS

Unit 2: Processes and management of change: with a focus on formal education
Explores key change factors using examples from the formal sector. This unit supports you in becoming an effective agent for change within your own sector. You will engage with key international debates on education, including those around ownership and control of the curriculum, focussing on the relationship between environmental and development education and other approaches.

1. Ideology and change
2. The politics of knowledge
3. Change processes and change agents
4. Evaluation
5. Alliances and shared agendas?

Unit 3: Values and participation: focus on adult, youth and community education
Raises key questions around environmental and development policy and practice, including issues such as equality with scope for you to focus on youth, community and adult education programmes North/South or policy issues in NGO education programmes.

1. Values in education
2. Equality
3. Human rights
4. Adult education: key debates
5. Environmental Education (EE), Development Education (DE) and EfS in formal adult, youth and community education
6. Participation

Unit 4: Local and Global: with a focus on NGO education
Looks at the key questions of globalisation and the dynamics of interaction between over-arching global forces, small-scale local patterns of development, and intermediate levels between these two extremes. The focus on Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) introduces themes of NGOs and their role in society, relating this to local/global dynamics and issues of environment, development and education for sustainability.

1. Globalisation: setting the context
2. Local, global: perspectives and interaction
3. NGOs and local/global change
4. NGO education
5. Case studies in NGO education

Unit 5: Theories and perspectives on environment and development
Aims to develop your understanding of the theoretical and ideological frameworks for understanding environment and development and their relationship in the context of globalisation. This unit will also enquire into theories of sustainable development and their relationship to social and personal change.

1. Theory and perspective: screens of meaning for ‘environment’ and ‘development’
2. Neo-liberalism: the dominant global paradigm
3. Challenging the global paradigm
4. Ecological perspectives

Unit 6: Science and culture in education for sustainability
Will discuss scientific and cultural forms of education and their characteristic methods and approaches, enquiring into their relationship to education for sustainability. The unit will encourage you to develop interdisciplinary perspectives and plans for education for sustainability.

1. Sustainability and development: a brief introduction to science and culture
2. Science and sustainability
3. Cultural diversities
4. Science and culture, humans and nature: separate or interdependent?
5. Science, culture and education for sustainability

Unit 7: Education for sustainability: education in change
Encourages you to draw on your studies so far to develop your views on the relationship between sustainable development and education for sustainability. You will have the opportunity to design an education for sustainability strategy or programme in your area of work.

1. Revisiting the debates around education for sustainability
2. Developing a paradigm for EfS
3. Changing policy and practice
4. Designing an EfS strategy or programme

Unit 8: Researching Education for Sustainability
Aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills required to write your dissertation. The unit considers the key research methods and issues and you will be supported in preparing your dissertation proposal and outline literature review.

1. Introducing researching EfS
2. Theory matters
3. Generating data: methodology
4. Generating data: methods
5. Analysing data and presenting findings

Key information

Postal address:
EfS programme
London South Bank University
K2 Building, Keyworth Street
London SE1 6NG


Telephone: +44 (0)20 7815 5792

Fax: +44 (0)20 7815 7899

Course webpage:
Course prospectus:

EfS Learning Community website:

EfS Knowledge Hub website

Guidance: Ros Wade
Web design and content: Asitha Jayawardena

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