That in the relatively brief period that Homo sapiens has been the dominant species on the planet we have had a dramatic impact on the fabric and functions of the planet is irrefutable, as is the evidence that this is leading to further and perhaps irreversible effects on planetary systems and climate, loss of biodiversity, ecological impacts of manufactured chemicals, inequality, and related concerns of human well-being and economic stability.
This course aims to critique aspects of the scientific evidence and social context of the above situation and our responses to it. In so doing participants will consider educational responses to the contested concept of ‘sustainability’. This will involve participants considering the breadth and complexity of concepts of ‘sustainability’, and necessarily challenging and partially re-grounding their present understandings and practices by comparing these with the internationally diverse set of practices that sail beneath the ‘flag of convenience’ that is "Learning for Sustainability", "Education for Sustainable Development" and their variants.
The ways in which theory and policy inform practice is a dominant theme of the course. This is reflected in the teaching and, in particular, the three forms of assessment – all of which are inter-linked. The presentation and the essay both require students to draw on sustainability and learning literature and national / state education policy documents.
An opportunity for formative feed-forward is provided through a tutorial where students can, with the course tutor and classmates, discuss their journal, presentation and assignment.
This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in Learning for Sustainability. It is not necessary to be enrolled in a teacher training programme.
Scholarship - Scottish Summer Endeavour
Scholarship application opens on 1st December
Scottish Summer Endeavour Scholarships are offered to students from all countries who can display evidence of outstanding academic merit.
The scholarships are competitive and awarded broadly on the basis of academic merit. A minimum of 3.3 GPA or equivalent is required and evidence of this must be provided along with your application.
In order to apply, you should be a full-time university/college student who can demonstrate that you meet the academic and language requirements of your preferred course.
1. Choose the course you are interested in.
2. Go to your preferred programme page and select ‘click here to apply now’, located towards the top right of your screen. This will enable you to request an application form and further guidance regarding the application process.
2. Fill out the application form and attach the documents required in order to support your application. This will include the following:
- one letter of recommendation provided by your academic referee (no longer than 500 words)
- (interim) degree transcripts
- Evidence of an internationally recognised English language qualification (if appropriate).
4. Send back the application form stating in your email that you would like to apply for the Scottish Summer Endeavour Scholarship.
5. Remember to enclose any other documents that will support your application.