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Education for Sustainability Across the Curriculum ESP221


Twenty first century education must meet the learning needs of communities and help to address twenty first century issues. As recognized by UNESCO, education for sustainability is an important part of this process. Consequently, this unit will provide students with a broad introduction to education for sustainability. Initially, this unit explores social, economic, and environmental sustainability issues which impact both Australian and global contexts. Second, theoretical perspectives related to sustainability and education for sustainability will be introduced and examined. Finally, the place of education for sustainability in the Australian Curriculum (ACARA), State and Territory Curriculum, and VET sector standards will be explored along with implications for teaching and learning (pedagogical) practice.


Unit name Education for Sustainability Across the Curriculum
Unit code ESP221
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Education
Discipline Education
Coordinator Ms Leah Page
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


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Learning Outcomes

  • analyse and explain theoretical and practical understandings of sustainability and education for sustainability.
  • identify and critically evaluate sustainability education frameworks, practices and pedagogy.
  • apply your knowledge of sustainability education to specific educational contexts and learning areas across the curriculum
  • exemplify attitudes, professional values and capacity to enact education for sustainability in your professional practice.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
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AssessmentPublic Communication (20%)|Scenario (40%)|Reflection (40%)
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