Faculty of Education

Monash University

Postgraduate - 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 encourages students to identify, investigate, understand, evaluate and debate contemporary issues in sustainability locally, nationally and globally. Key environmental issues around biodiversity and water are addressed as a way to orient students to issues of contemporary relevance in sustainability debates. The learning implications of these issues are highlighted as they are reviewed through related policy, case study and research materials. Implications for learning and professional practice are considered. Learning is enhanced through students' critical engagement with issues raised by them and their peers.


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

  1. identify, investigate and understand contemporary issues in environmental and sustainability education relevant to their roles, interests and work
  2. broaden their understanding of current sustainability debates through review of appropriate resources and shared peer learning
  3. communicate their developing views on sustainability in various forms
  4. apply the knowledge and understanding to their own learning and practice context.


Sustainability review: engaging in ideas in a contemporary issue (2000 words equivalent, 50%)
Case study: investigating the ideas raised in assignment 1 (2000 words equivalent, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 24 hours per week for six weeks (144 hours total per term) comprising:

(a.) Study schedule for online students:

  • 4 hours of directed online activities per week

(d.) Additional requirements:

  • 20 hours of independent study per week

See also Unit timetable information