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ED5912 - Social Learning Perspectives for a Sustainable Future

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

ED5912 is offered in external mode where lectures and tutorials are conducted online through Learn JCU; however some on-campus tutorials may be negotiated. This subject is available to all students who possess a relevant undergraduate degree or diploma approved by the College of Science and Engineering and the College of Arts, Society and Education.

ED5912 Social Learning Perspectives for a Sustainable Future, explores the role of learning in creating a more habitable world. This subject investigates learning as a means for addressing wicked problems; how to develop learning pathways to met sustainability goals; the principles of and for sustainability decision-making; pedagogies and contexts for effective co-learning; strategies for developing sustainable partnerships and the role of online learning communities in promoting sustainability. Using a framework of multi-scale learning - through international, national and local partnerships and between organisations, groups and individuals - this subject makes explicit the links between co-learning, planning and action to create more sustainable socio-environmental options and to develop stronger and more resilient communities. ED5912 is an AQF level 9 subject that aims to consolidate your knowledge of socio-ecological systems and processes with a view to enhancing your capacity to understand the role of learning in sustainability practice.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate knowledge of the power of learning to create a desirable future;
  • articulate the benefits of partnerships in attaining sustainable development goals;
  • express familiarity with policy frameworks, tools and institutional arrangements to foster partnerships for sustainability;
  • analyse and evaluate the effectiveness of formal and informal co-learning arrangements;
  • dcooperative strategies for living with ecological and social change.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Annotated bibliography - (25%) - Individual
  • Written > Literature review - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Reflection/reflective task 1 - (25%) - Individual.


JCU Brisbane, Trimester 2, Internal
Census Date 22-Jun-2023
Coordinator: Dr Marcia Thorne
Workload expectations:

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

  • 20 hours workshops
  • assessment and self-directed study

Study Period 1, External
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coord/Lect: Dr Marcia Thorne.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 10 hours online activity
  • 10 hours online Workshops
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

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.