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ED4944 - Environmental and Climate Change Education for the Tropics

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

Note: Lectures and tutorials for this subject are delivered by external mode only. The subject is offered online through Learn JCU requiring students to have access to the World Wide Web for participation in the subject. Subject is available to all students approved by the Faculty of Arts, Education and Social Sciences

This subject is designed for students who wish to expand their knowledge of contemporary environmental education and climate change education within professional and community settings. Educating for sustainability is one of the key issues for our time. This subject introduces contemporary approaches to environmental and climate change education at international and national level. In this subject you will be introduced to recent policy, curriculum, pedagogy, and research and be encouraged to link theoretical understandings with innovative ideas for practice. The complex issues associated with climate change education in the Asia-Pacific region are dealt with in a logical and sequenced way in order to build personal understanding and further develop communication skills. Educational strategies for developing more resilient communities in the face of social and environmental change are investigated. A negotiated research and/or curriculum project allows students to explore their own personal and/or professional interests. ED4944 is an AQF level 7 subject that aims to consolidate knowledge of socio-ecological systems with a view to enhancing capacity to understand and communicate environmental education and climate change. ED4944 is offered in external mode where lectures and tutorials are conducted online through Learn JCU.

Learning Outcomes

  • ability to build a sophisticated repertoire of teaching and learning strategies for effective environmental education practice;
  • understand the complexities of climate change education and how climate change can be communicated to different groups of people, including children and youth;
  • analyse and reflect on relevant sustainability education practices in professional and community settings.


Study Period 2, External
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 39 hours - On line engagement through collaborate lectures, tutorials and on-line resources.
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: curriculum and/or research project (negotiated topic) (70%); contributions to online learning community (30%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Assignments include completion of fieldwork reports.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.