MSc in Education for the Environment and Sustainable Development

Course Information Package

Course Unit CodeESD505
Course Unit DetailsMSc Education for the Environment and Sustainable Development (Required Courses) -
Number of ECTS credits allocated9
Learning Outcomes of the course unitBy the end of the course, the students should be able to:
  1. Identify and different types of educational programmes for the Environment and Sustainable Development.
  2. Identify the role of teachers’, school principals’, students’ as well as other relevant groups in the implementation of such programmes.
  3. Use specific EESD programmes as examples for the development of other programs and integrate in these all the groups that are expected to take action.
  4. Discuss issues emerging from research, about the role and contribution of Environment and Sustainable Development educational programmes in raising environmental awareness and sensitisation and developing positive attitudes and behaviour to the students.
  5. Develop, organise and implement an EESD Programme in school according to the new curriculum requirements.
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Recommended optional program componentsNONE
Course Contents-  Environment and Sustainable Development Educational Programme Types, (Guided, community action).
-  Programme development process, organisation and implementation
-  Parents’ and other groups’ participation in implementing Environment and Sustainable Educational programmes.
-  Educators’ and school principals’ role in programme implementation.
-  Presentation of Environment and Sustainable educational programmes (European programmes, networks, collaboration with other schools or local organisations, regional networks, national programmes, community action programmes).
-  Discussion and analysis of EESD articles.
-  Development and implementation of an Environment and Sustainable Development educational programme.
-  Development of educational activities and material for the holistic and interdisciplinary exploration of an environmental or sustainable development issue, in the framework of an Environment and Sustainable Development educational programme.
-  Use of the Curriculum subjects for Environment and Sustainable Development programme implementation.
Recommended and/or required reading:
  • Mbagakis, C. (2000). Optional Educational Programmes in School, Athens: Metehmio Publications.
  • Vasala, P. & Flogaitis, E. (2005). Sea World. Interdisciplinary approach. Alternative educational techniques and lesson plans. Athens: Metehmio Publications.
  • Zachariou, A., Kadis, C. and Nikolaou, A. (2011). Sustainable Development Issues in Education. Publications of the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation (In Greek).
  • Mbagakis, C. (1999). Educational Changes, Mobility Prorgammes and the Community Support Framework, Athens: Metehmio Publications.
  • Monroe, M. (1999). What Works: A guide to Environmental Education and Communication Projects for Practitioners and Donors. Canada: New Society Puplishers.
  • NAAEE (2004). Environmental Education Materials: Guidelines for Excellence. Washighton: NAAEE.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
The theoretical part of the course (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 one outdoors study (field work) for acquiring experiences in the field.
Assessment methods and criteria
Final Exam40%
Language of instructionGreek
Work placement(s)NO