ED3BSF-Education and Sustainability

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

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 futures both as an active citizen and an educator, within the context of increasing consumption and diminishing resources. It will consider the purpose of futures education and the extent to which it raises awareness, changes behaviours or mitigates unsustainable development. This will include elements of photo elucidation to explore their own values and beliefs on this topic.


This module is a standalone option in the field of sustainable futures education, which aims to develop students’ awareness of the tension between sustainability theory, policy and practice. Attendance on the previous module in Part 1 is not a pre-requisite.

  • Critically evaluate key theories and concepts in the field and make judgements on education for sustainable development frameworks

  • Identify and evaluate the significance of competing perspectives, values and practices in relation to education for sustainable development case studies

  • Demonstrate awareness of relevant or competing ethical issues and be able to discuss these in relation to personal beliefs and values, and in relation to the beliefs and values of others.

  • Develop awareness of the interplay between sustainability theory, policy and practice

Assessable learning outcomes:

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  • Critically reflect on their learning journey

  • Plan and present a portfolio of work that draws reflectively, critically and creatively upon their own learning journey through this module, drawing on life histories and evaluating the limitations and opportunities of this approach to research

Additional outcomes:

  • Transferable skills necessary for employment to work confidently as both an independent learner and in collaboration with others as part of a team, able to adapt approaches to learning in light of experience.

  • Able to effectively communicate the processes and outcomes of their learning utilising appropriate formats and tools.

  • collect and apply numerical data as appropriate to study purposes

Outline content:

Global context:

This module will consider a range of equality and diversity issues, within a global context.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Lectures, discussion groups, formative assessment strategies, photo elucidation and reflective journals.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 24
Seminars 10
Project Supervision 2
External visits 4
Guided independent study:      
    Wider reading (independent) 80
    Wider reading (directed) 40
    Preparation for presentations 10
    Preparation for seminars 10
    Completion of formative assessment tasks 10
Total hours by term 0 200 0
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Oral assessment and presentation 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Presentation informed by portfolio

Formative assessment methods:

A range of formative assessment methods will be used.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:


    Reassessment arrangements:

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    1. 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.  

    2. Printing and binding Minimal preparation costs for power point presentations – paper handouts

    3. Travel, accommodation and subsistence There may be travel costs of up to £25

    Last updated: 30 April 2019


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