Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Education for Sustainable Development - Youth and Community

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Centre for Environmental Education and Research

DESCRIPTION This study-unit introduces Environmental Education (EE) / Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) theory and practice and relates it to the principles of youth and community education. It introduces issues linked to participation and active citizenship, including a Rights Based Approach, through an analysis of equality/justice issues. Although a global perspective is maintained throughout the unit, local, traditional and indigenous knowledge in EE/ESD is also considered.

This study-unit adopts a political and socially transformative perspective. Learning will be enhanced through Case Study analysis, and opportunities to debate examples of Good Practice and Positive Alternatives.

Study-unit Aims:

The unit will help learners to:

- develop an understanding of the theoretical framework and principles of EE/ESD
- link practice to theory in a critical and reflective way
- become familiar with different models of EE/ESD programmes for youth & community

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & understanding:

By the end of this study-unit, the student will be able to:
- identify the characteristic forms and practices of EE/ESD in youth & community education;
- analyse issues of equality, justice and human rights in EE/ESD programmes; and
- evaluate key questions about participation in the context of environment and development.

2. Skills (including transferable [generic] skills):

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- critique EE/ESD theoretical frameworks and principles in relation to youth & community contexts;
- design and construct EE/ESD programmes for youth & community contexts; and
- reflect upon personal experiences of youth & community work by applying a variety of theoretical/practical perspectives.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:
(availability at the Library or otherwise is indicated against each entry)

Chambers, R. (2007) Who Counts? The Quiet Revolution of Participation and Numbers. IDS

DEA (2004) Global Youth Work Training and Practice Manual

DEA (2008) Global Matters: Case studies of education for a just and sustainable world

DEA & CEE (2001) Sustainable Development and Youth Work

Vare, P. and Scott, W. (2008). Education for Sustainable Development: two sides and an edge DEA Thinkpiece

White, P.J. (2002) Global Youth Work: Improving Practice. Series DEA

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Vincent Caruana
Mark C. Mifsud

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