MSc in Education for the Environment and Sustainable Development

Course Information Package

Course Unit TitleBIODIVERSITY AND EDUCATION
Course Unit CodeESD507
Course Unit DetailsMSc Education for the Environment and Sustainable Development (Electives Courses) -
Number of ECTS credits allocated9
Learning Outcomes of the course unitBy the end of the course, the students should be able to:
  1. Outline the content of the term “biodiversity” and describe the main characteristics of its components. Explain the multidimensional character of biodiversity (part of natural, cultural, spiritual and economic heritage).
  2. Evaluate the role and importance of biodiversity for human and value the result of the interaction between biodiversity and human.
  3. Describe the factors that influence biodiversity.
  4. Name and describe European, international and national conventions and strategies focusing on biodiversity conservation.
  5. Describe and document the richness and uniqueness of Cyprus biodiversity, and recognize the importance of its conservation.
  6. Propose measures for biodiversity conservation.
  7. Outline the aims and objectives of Biodiversity Education.
  8. Develop teaching strategies for integrating biodiversity issues in teaching practice.
  9. Integrate biodiversity issues in the curriculum and other educational processes, indoors and outdoors as well as through other aspects of school life.
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
PrerequisitesNONECo-requisitesNONE
Recommended optional program componentsNONE
Course Contents-  The content of the term “biodiversity”.
-  Aspects of biodiversity. The beginning and evolution of biodiversity.
-  Biodiversity as a sustainability value.
-  The value of biodiversity (ecological, ethical, economic, medical, agricultural, etc.)
-  Main threats for biodiversity.
-  Biodiversity conservation efforts at the national, regional and international level.
-  The biodiversity of Cyprus: richness, threats, conservation strategies
-  Characteristics of Cyprus biodiversity
-  Education for biodiversity: aims, objectives and pedagogical approaches.
-  Biodiversity through the National Curriculum of all levels of formal education.
-  Biodiversity and conflict issues: Genetically modified species, invasive species etc.
Recommended and/or required reading:
Textbooks
  • Gaston Kevin J. (2008). Biodiversity, University Studio Press
References
  • Tsindidis T., Christodoulou S. H., Delipetrou P., Georgiou K. (2007). The Red Book of Cypriot Flora. Filodhasikos Syndesmos Kyprou, Nicosia.
  • McLeish, E. (Ed) (1997). Educating for life. Guidelines for biodiversity education. Reading, Council for Environmental Education
  • Nature Conservation Unit (2012). The Virtual Museum of the Biodiversity of Cyprus. (available online at http://www.naturemuseum.org.cy/home.html)
Planned learning activities and teaching methodsThis module is delivered through lectures, experiential workshops, visits (e.g. Athalassa and Troodos National Forest Parks, Environmental Education and Environmental Information Centres, botanical gardens, protected areas etc.) and field studies.
Assessment methods and criteria
Midterm Exam 50%
Final Exam50%
Language of instructionGreek
Work placement(s)NO