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Environmental Education: Sustainability and Society (Module)

Module description

Climate change, biodiversity loss and air pollution are just some of the pressing environmental issues facing society today. This module invites you to explore the role education has to play in responding to current and future environmental challenges. You’ll gain an understanding of the historical, political and philosophical perspectives that underpin contemporary environmental education.

You’ll also be introduced to a range of approaches to environmental education practices to compare and appraise their aims, curriculum content, assessment modes and pedagogical strategies. With your peers, you’ll critique dominant environmental education discourse, including education for sustainable development, by considering alternative perspectives from environmental ethics, place-based learning and citizenship.

On this module you will also consider the role that research, leadership and teacher education and development have in shaping an environmentally literate society.

There will be opportunities to engage in relevant and meaningful conversations about the state of environmental education using theoretical tools to reflect on your own experience of practice and consider future responses.

*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.

Staff information

Dr Melissa Glackin

Teaching pattern

The module combines preparatory online resources and group discussions with face-to-face seminars and tutorial group work so that you are able to learn alongside subject specialist academic experts, peers and colleagues.

The majority of on-campus sessions will be taught on Saturdays offering students from outside London and those with weekday commitments the opportunity to study this module.

Module assessment - more information

  • Presentation (worth 10% of the module mark)
  • 5,500 word essay (worth 90% of the module mark)

Key information

Module code 7SSES005

Credit level 7

Assessment coursework presentation/s

Credit value 30

Semester Semester 2 (spring)

Study abroad module No