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