Sustainable Education and Perspectives

EDU20005 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online, Wantirna Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent
    This unit will be delivered on-line in Semester 2 2020. 

Contact hours

  • On-campus: 24 hours face to face Swinburne online - Nil

2020 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

3 Aug 20 - 1 Nov 20

8 Dec 20

Last self enrolment:
16 Aug 20

31 Aug 20

More teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 3

2 Nov 20 - 7 Feb 21

2 Mar 21

Last self enrolment:
15 Nov 20

27 Nov 20


EDU20006 Curriculum, Planning and Assessment for Primary: Practicum 2 or 100cp.



Aims and objectives

The unit provides pre-service teachers with an understanding of the concepts of environmental sustainability and the ability to apply these concepts to teaching and learning in education. An additional aim is to empower pre-service teachers to integrate effective advocacy for sustainability in their professional teaching role. This unit focuses on educating with sustainable futures, questioning the kind of world we want and how teachers influence the futures-oriented understandings of children and young people. Environmental and global complexities are explored through the lens of relatedness and shifting perspectives.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Summarise the scope and purpose of educating for a sustainable future.
2. Critically reflect upon their own attitudes and values in relation to sustainability perspectives and how these effect their teaching and professional role.
3. Consider concepts and themes related to environmental sustainability and describe how they can be integrated into learning in an education setting.
4. Analyse the concept of ecological literacy and articulate the benefits and limitations of becoming eco-literate.
5. Create a school profile with a holistic range of teaching and learning strategies to integrate sustainable perspectives, critical thinking, values and citizenship objectives implicit in reorienting education towards sustainable futures.

Courses with unit

BA-EDECP / BA-EDECPS (SOL) Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary)
BA-EDUEC/EDUEC22 Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
BA-EDUPRI/EDUPRI1 Bachelor of Education (Primary)
AB-EDU Associate Degree of Education
Major and Co-Major Environmental Sustainability