MSc in Education for the Environment and Sustainable Development

Course Information Package

Course Unit CodeESD513
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. Describe the procedures followed for the development of environmental policies at the international level and recall the most important international conventions concerning environmental protection.
  2. Describe and explain the decision-making procedures, concerning the development of environmental policies in Europe and in Cyprus and be informed about the institutions which implement these policies.
  3. Recognise the environmental protection tools and measures that are voluntarily implemented.
  4. Outline the main Cyprus legislation, the most important European Union directives and the key international conventions that regulate important environmental issues.
  5. Describe the procedures for determining and implementing Environmental Education policy at the international, European and local level.
  6. Analyse the potential of Environmental Education and Education for the Environment and Sustainable Development, as tools for developing environmental policy.
  7. Examine key issues concerning the development of environmentally literate citizens and citizens’ right for participation in decision making processes related to environmental issues and quality of life in general.
  8. Recognise the citizens’ right for consultation and participation in the management of environmental and sustainable development issues.
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Recommended optional program componentsNONE
Course Contents-  Protection of the environment and the role of the International Community (UNEP).
-  International Environmental Conventions: Aims and description. (e.g. protection of the Mediterranean, climate change, biological diversity, desertification, endangered species, wetlands, etc.)
-  International, European and National Strategy for Sustainable Development.
-  Decision making and implementation processes at the European and National level. Characteristics of the institutions that develop and implement environmental policy.
-  Horizontal issues and Policies –Environmental Impact Assessment for Projects, Strategic Impact Assessment, Ecolabel, Environmental Management and Audit Scheme, Environmental Technologies, Integrated Product Policy, Green Public Procurement.
-  European strategies and legislation for the protection of air, soil and water.
-  Policy determination and implementation of Environmental Education at the European and national level.
-  Education for the Environment and Sustainable Development as a means of developing environmentally “literate” citizens and as an environmental policy making tool.
-  Citizens’ right to participate in decision making relating to the environment and their quality of life. The Aarhus Convention.
Recommended and/or required reading:
  • Papademetriou Ε. (2006). Environmental Policy and the Ecological crisis. Ellinika Grammata.
  • Harrington W. and Morgenstern R.D. (2004). Choosing Environmental Policy: Comparing Instruments and Outcomes in the United States and Europe. Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Bretherton C. and Vogler - Routledge J. (2006). The European Union as a Global Actor. Routledge (2 edition).
  • Vig N. J., Kraft M.E. (2005). Environmental Policy: New Directions From The 21st Century. Publisher: CQ Press
  • Ashford, N. & Caldart, C. (2008). Environmental Law, Policy, and Economics: Reclaiming the Environmental Agenda. MIT Press.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
This module is delivered through lectures, discussion of literature and scientific articles analysis. It also utilises relevant audiovisual material and facilitates visits to Associations and institutions that are linked to environmental policy development in Cyprus.
Assessment methods and criteria
Assignment 40%
Final Exam60%
Language of instructionGreek
Work placement(s)NO