EDF3025 - Studies of science, environment and sustainability - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Chief examiner(s)

Sylvia Almeida


Sylvia Almeida (Peninsula)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)




This unit develops students' advanced understanding of content and pedagogy for sustainability as a cross-curriculum priority, and primary years science discipline knowledge relevant to the Australian Curriculum and the Victorian Curriculum F-10, including biological, earth and environmental science studies from Foundation to Year 6. Students develop an appreciation for how education for sustainability has emerged as a global priority by exploring research and curriculum content and policy including goals and agreements developed by the United Nations and other education providers in this field. They learn how to develop integrated approaches to studies of the environment and sustainability across primary school curriculum. Students investigate and understand the cultural, social, economic, scientific, ecological and political factors that influence attitudes and actions towards environment and sustainability. They develop theoretical, discipline-based and pedagogical knowledge and understanding of how to implement whole school approaches and classroom learning experiences for environment and sustainability at different levels of primary education.


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

  1. describe and understand the difference between environmental and sustainability education
  2. develop and demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of the national and global reasons that have led to the emergence of education for sustainability as an educational priority
  3. develop pedagogical content knowledge necessary to teach education for sustainability and relevant content in the areas of biological, earth and environmental science studies from Foundation to Year 6 in the Victorian Curriculum F-10 and the Australian Curriculum
  4. discuss and evaluate the influence of cultural, social, economic, scientific, ecological and political factors on how concepts of environment and sustainability are understood and incorporated into primary curricula in Australia and internationally
  5. design and implement learning experiences that incorporate environment, sustainability and science at different levels of primary education.


Essay: Environmental education for sustainability (1600 words or equivalent, 40%)

Unit of work (2400 words or equivalent, 60%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • 2 contact hours per week
  2. Additional requirements:
    • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

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