MSc in Education for the Environment and Sustainable Development

Course Information Package

Course Unit CodeESD506
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. Understand important theoretical issues related to non formal education, and to the existing need for establishing links with formal education as a means of supporting EESD.
  2. Appreciate non formal education’s role and contribution to EESD, through studying and analysing articles as well as practical national and international applications.
  3. Link a variety of external educational settings suitable for EESD, to the official National Curriculum.
  4. Use appropriate educational techniques in non formal educational settings, for the study of man made as well as natural environments (community, cultural sites etc.).
  5. Connect external educational fields to environmental activities in school, as a means of raising students’ environmental awareness and interest in sustainable development.
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Recommended optional program componentsNONE
Course Contents1.  Basic concepts, definitions and characteristics of non-formal education.
2.  The role of non-formal education for the promotion of the aims and principles of EESD
3.  Elaboration of exemplary applications in educational settings outside school grounds, in Cyprus and abroad. Appreciation of the ways that these settings can promote EESD in schools.
4.  Educators’ and schools’ role in promoting non formal education
5.  Basic Steps to organising an educational programme for EESD for the local community.
6.  Connect non formal education to formal education, placing special emphasis on activities and applications outdoors and in environmental settings connected to the official curriculum.
7.  Interventions in local communities and other environmental and outdoors educational settings (sea museum, water museum, traditional workshops, parks, forests, lakes). Organisation of specific activities within these settings.
8.  Pedagogical techniques for the environment and sustainable development applicable to non-formal education settings.
Recommended and/or required reading:
  • Georgopoulos A. (Ed.) (2005). Environmental Education. The rising of a new culture. Athens: Gutenberg.
  • Ballantyne, R. & Packer, J. (2008). Learning for Sustainability: The role and impact of Outdoor and Environmental Education Centers. University of Queensland.
  • Braund, M. & Reiss, M. (2004). Learning science outside the classroom, London: Roudledge Falmer.
  • Cooper, G. (1998). Outdoors with young people. A Leader’s Guide to Outdoor Activities. The Environment and Sustainability. Dorset: Russell House Publishing.
  • Falk, J.H., & Dierking, L.D. (2002). Lessons without limit: how free-choice learning is transforming meaning. Alta Mira Press.
  • Jacobson, S.K., McDuff, M. & Monroe, M. (2006). Conservation Education and Outreach Techniques: A Handbook of Techniques. Oxford University Press.
  • Kaila M., Theodoropoulou E., Demetriou, Α., Xanthakou, C. & Anastasatos, Ν. (2005). Environmental Education. Research Outcomes and Educational Planning. Atrapos.
  • Koliopoulos D. (2004). Pedagogical Approaches for the Natural Sciences Museum. Athens: Metehmio.
  • Rickinson, M., Dillon, J., Teamey, K., Morris, M., Choi Young, M., Sanders, D. & Benefield, P. (2004). A Review of Research on Outdoor Learning. National Foundation for Educational Research and Kings College.
  • Young, A.J. & McElhone M.J. (1986). Guidelines for the Development of Non-Formal Education. Unesco-Unep.
Planned learning activities and teaching methodsThe 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. A three day field trip is arranged to an Environmental Education Centre and experiential learning workshops in the area are organised. 
Assessment methods and criteria
Assignment 135%
Assignment 235%
Final Exam30%
Language of instructionGreek
Work placement(s)NO