United Kingdom, Edinburgh

Introduction to Learning for Sustainability

when 12 June 2017 - 30 June 2017
duration 3 weeks
credits 5 ECTS
fee GBP 1725

This course seeks to challenge the idea of sustainability and consider educational responses to this idea. This course will consider international educational practices in the realm of sustainability and primarily consider the ways in which theory and policy interact with practice.

The course assessment consists of three related elements: reflective journal, presentation and written assignment.

Course leader

Dr Betsy King

Target group

After 2nd year undergraduate

Course aim

Upon completing this course, students will have developed their understanding and awareness in five areas:

the core concepts underpinning sustainability, with an emphasis on learning for sustainability;
the ways in which sustainability issues are innately interdisciplinary and are relevant across the school and university curricula;
the roles scientific knowledge plays, or not, in people’s understanding of, and ‘belief’ in, climate change, the need for sustainability, etc.;
the theory and practice in organisational change, and its implications for the introduction and development of learning for sustainability in their professional practice;
the ways in which global challenges are publicised and previewed and the educational issues relating to learner ‘helplessness’.

The course will also provide each student with the requisite knowledge and skills enabling them to undertake the following range of learning activities:

explore and compare international curricula, to critically assess successful approaches to learning for sustainability;
critically engage with the concept of ‘learning for sustainability’ to evaluate a range of practices and pedagogical approaches currently used in teaching and learning;
examine educational leadership in relation to sustainability;
assess the success of the transition from local to global learning contexts.

Credits info

10 credits or 5 ECTS or 2 US.

Fee info

GBP 1725: Accommodation fees are not included within the course fee.
EUR 0: Various accommodation packages available. Prices range from £114-489 per week. Please check the University of Edinburgh Summer School website for further details.
Information can be found under 'Fees'.


Scholarships will be made available on the summer school website when announced

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