Using the Sessions
- The sessions include links to downloadable books, films and websites.
- Each session has units with a downloadable .doc file which includes weblinks to downloadable books, films and websites.
- The file is based on draft notes, images and activities.
- The activities include role-play, games, discussion, and cases-studies.
- SustEd uses this online course in association with in-service training courses, workshops and other training events.
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The challenges of unsustainable change and growth
An introduction to natural systems (of climate, natural resources, water and energy) and human-based systems (social, economic, cultural and political), and the scientific and other evidence for the causes, interactions, effects and impacts of their changes.
1. To understand the scientific and other evidence for the causes, interactions, effects and impacts of changes to natural systems (of climate, natural resources, water and energy) and human-based systems (social, economic, cultural and political).
2. To learn the value of holistic, systems thinking that recognises their dependence on natural systems and the dynamic, and sometimes unpredictable, way systems interact.
3. To explore the basic science behind issues such as the loss of biodiversity, climate change, resource depletion and economic growth.
The transition to sustainable development
An introduction to the characteristics of sustainable development. An exploration, with examples, of how personal, community and global action can meet these challenges of unsustainable changes and growth.
1. To understand the characteristics of sustainable development, especially at a personal and community level.
2. To learn the value of long-term, future-based thinking that recognises sufficiency, resilience, diversity, global impacts, local action, cooperation, justice and well-being.
3. To learn about the contested elements of development, based on different scientific evidence, worldviews, values and needs.
4. To clarify one's own values and visions about personal, community and global transition to sustainable development.
Education for sustainable development in schools
A practical session on some approaches and activities of education for sustainable development and its links to the challenges of contemporary issues in science.
1. To explore human needs and values as a way of understanding behaviour change in response to the challenges of sustainable development.
2. To learn about some different approaches, competencies and characteristics of education for sustainable development.
3. To critically explore some resources and activities for education for sustainable development.
4. To design or re-design a school activity that explores a feature or issue of sustainable development.