Course Information Package
|Course Unit Title||ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: CONCEPTS AND ISSUES|
|Course Unit Code||ESD501|
|Course Unit Details||MSc Education for the Environment and Sustainable Development (Required Courses) -|
|Number of ECTS credits allocated||9|
|Learning Outcomes of the course unit||By the end of the course, the students should be able to:|
|Mode of Delivery||Face-to-face|
|Recommended optional program components||NONE|
|Course Contents||- Man – society – environment: Interdependence and interaction: Approaches and inquiry. Forming the human environment. |
- Examination of environment’s systemic character and analysis of the causes of the environmental crisis.
- Environment as a system, systemic approach of the environment and the environmental issues. Systemic and critical thinking.
- Analysis of key concepts of environmental sciences: ecosystem, (structure, organisation and operation, carrying capacity, complexity, limits), natural resources, ecological footprint.
- The concept of sustainable development. Development choices and practices.
- The dimensions of sustainability and sustainable development: political, ideological, economic and cultural frameworks. Values system. Issues analysis on a local and global level. Social participation.
- Environmental quality and social inequities amongst countries and within a country. Environmental justice, environmental immigrants.
- Urgent contemporary environmental problems (climate change, biodiversity loss, soil degradation, water shortage, exhaustion of natural resources, production and consumption models, energy, emigration -demographics, etc): causes and impact – analysis in the view of environmental and social sustainability. Analysis of the dimensions of the environmental problems (environmental / ecological, social, ideological, political and cultural).
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|Planned learning activities and teaching methods|
The theoretical part of the module (content of the taught concepts) is delivered by means of lectures, documentaries viewing and discussing as well as workshops engaging students in collaborative learning. Arrangements are also made for outdoors study (field work) for acquiring experiences in the field.
|Assessment methods and criteria|
|Language of instruction||Greek|