ED1BSF-Education for a sustainable future

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Mrs Joanne Thompson

Email: jo.thompson@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

The ethos of the module will be to look at education for sustainable development both as an active citizen and an educator, within the context of increasing consumption and diminishing resources. You will explore some emerging policies and practices for education for sustainable futures in a range of settings; you will consider theories and how they have the potential to help understandings of what is happening, and to make more logical, informed decisions about the best way to organise the educational process, manage controversial issues in educational settings, develop futures education, conduct enquiries in social settings and work within ethical frameworks when researching issues related to education for sustainable development.


This module is an introduction to the field of sustainable education, which aims to develop students’ understanding and awareness of current practice through exploration of key concepts, discussion and debate.

Assessable learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate broad knowledge and understanding of key theories and concepts in the field of education for sustainable futures

  • Identify and explore the significance of competing theories, perspectives, values and practices in relation to education for sustainable futures and global citizenship

  • Investigate a diversity of approaches to addressing issues of sustainable development within specific contexts

Additional outcomes:

  • Work confidently as both an independent learner and in collaboration with others as part of a team

  • Demonstrate awareness of relevant ethical issues and be able to discuss these in relation to personal beliefs and values

Outline content:

  • Key theories and concepts in the field of education for sustainable development including holistic approaches, environmental education, alternative futures, development education, transformation and wellbeing, controversial issues, ethics and values.

  • Introduction to selected theories and concepts in the field of global citizenship

  • Exploration of contextually and historically situated economic, ecological, technological cultural and educational policies, perspectives and practices related to education for sustainable development and global citizenship.

  • Identification and engagement with local, national and/or global organisations working in these fields, including consideration of work-related learning opportunities.

Global context:

This module will consider a range of issues within a global context.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Lectures, discussion groups, formative assessment strategies

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 18 16
Project Supervision 1
Guided independent study 82 83
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Oral assessment and presentation 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

One presentation 100%

Formative assessment methods:

A range of formative assessment methods will be used.

Penalties for late submission:

Following standard UoR policy. The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:

Resubmission via recorded presentation or equivalent assessment during the summer resit period

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

1) Required text books: 2) Specialist equipment or materials: 3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: outdoor clothing such as waterproofs and wellington boots may be required, which can be purchased from any outdoor shop. Specialist equipment is not required. This may cost up to £20.  4) Printing and binding: 5) Computers and devices with a particular specification: 6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: there may be travel costs of up to £25.

Last updated: 29 January 2019


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