EDF5665 - Environmental education, design and learning for sustainability - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Not offered in 2017


This unit introduces students to the role of design in learning for sustainability. Ecopedagogy (ecological approaches to teaching and learning) has an important part to play in the delivery and design of effective (and non-effective) educational practices that support environmental learning. The unit concentrates on assessing the qualities and characteristics of ecopedagogy/environmental learning to promote an ecologically literate and sustainable citizenry. In this unit students have an opportunity to investigate and critique relevant research that examines and evaluates the contributions of ecopedagogies that inform and shape the field of environmental and sustainability education.


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

  1. understand the historical, contemporary and prospective development of environmental education and education for sustainable development
  2. identify how different contexts and sites of environmental learning inform the design and evaluation of ecologically sustainable education
  3. articulate the qualities and characteristics of effective ecopedagogy and environmental learning
  4. develop a case study portraying a case of environmental learning and sustainability education
  5. critically analyse the case study to identify the nature of the design and practices incorporated within it.


Essay (4000 words, 50%)

Case study report (4000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Flexible mode offers a stand-alone online offering that allows students to learn and engage in content and assessment in a supported way. It also provides a face-to-face component of 12 hours over the semester to engage students with the online learning content, which students can attend if they are able and interested.

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for flexible students:
    • 12 contact hours and 24 hours equivalent of online activities over the semester or
    • 36 hours equivalent of online activities over the semester
  2. Additional requirements (all students):
    • independent study to meet the minimum required hours per semester

See also Unit timetable information

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Option for Master of Education in:

Expert teaching practice

General education studies

Elective for Master of Teaching in:

Early years education

Primary education

Secondary education

Elective for Honours research in: