Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedNot offered in 2015


This unit takes a place-based and experiential approach to environmental education in the general context of the Australian environment, significantly utilising the local marine and coastal environment as a basis for teaching and learning. The unit utilises an experiential education approach (through a school-based learning approach), including extensive fieldwork both on-campus and off-campus in an exploration of and experience in the local environment. The initial focus is personal, moving on to a broader social and ecological focus.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. critically reflect upon their own environmental experiences and philosophies
  2. explore ecosystems, developing an understanding of the principles of ecology and sustainability
  3. engage in critical debate and discussion concerning issues of ecology, sustainability and education
  4. ascertain place-based and experiential education pedagogical strategies and approaches in teaching and learning environmental education
  5. design, implement and evaluate environmental education experiences in school and non-school settings.


The unit includes fieldwork both on- and off-campus with cross collaboration between BSOR units through the BSOR 1st year camp and other fieldwork experiences and a dedicated EDF1615 environmental education camp.


Reflective eco biography (1600 words equivalent, 40%)
Eco experience journal (2400 words equivalent, 60%)
Satisfactory completion of practical components and fieldwork

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 24 contact hours per semester plus additional days for fieldwork and camp

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • independent study to make up the required minimum hours per semester

See also Unit timetable information