Teaching for a Sustainable World

Subject EDUC90492 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2015.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Admission to the Master of Teaching (Secondary) or Master of Teaching (Primary)

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

Teacher candidates will explore the broad field of sustainability to gain an understanding of the many facets of sustainability, including environmental, social, and economic sustainability. They will examine Education for Sustainability (EfS) and its similarities and differences to environmental education and develop an understanding of EfS and its position in the national curriculum. During classes teacher candidates will work with colleagues to develop an integrated unit that integrates sustainability across a range of learning areas in ways that meet required national curriculum outcomes.

They will examine a range of issues pertaining to sustainability and to Education for Sustainability relevant to Australian schools, so that they are equipped to teach about sustainability, to help shape a school’s culture to one of sustainability, and to offer leadership to a school in the area of sustainability.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, teacher candidates will be able to:

  • Discuss aspects of sustainability, including its environmental, economic and social dimensions.
  • Describe education for sustainability and how it differs from environmental education.
  • Understand the complexities of, and be able to contribute to, a school’s journey toward sustainability.
  • Be capable of contributing to a curriculum review to integrate education for sustainability across a range of learning areas.

The subject covers a range of the National Professional Standards for Teachers (for Graduate Teachers). In particular, the subject will contribute to students attaining the following standards:

2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area

3.2 Plan, structure and sequence learning programs

6.3 Engage with colleagues and improve practice.

  • Audit of sustainability practices in a school, 600 words, due early in semester, 15%
  • Briefing notes on an aspect of sustainability, 1600 words, due middle of semester, 40%
  • Team report integrating sustainability into a unit of work (class time allocated for team work), 1600 words per student, due late in semester, 40%
  • Learning reflection, 200 words, end of semester, 5%

Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Online readings and podcasts.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, teacher candidates will have the knowledge, skills and understanding to enable them to:

  • Be skilled communicators who can effectively articulate and justify their practices as knowledgeable agents of change.
  • Work in teams with skills in cooperation, communication and negotiation;
  • Have a conscious personal and social values base.
Related Course(s): Master of Teaching (Primary)
Master of Teaching (Secondary)
Master of Teaching (Secondary)

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