Sustainable Education - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2
  • Assessment: Case Study (60%) , Report (40%)

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

This unit explores the influences on education of emerging concepts concerning the future of education. This includes education (of, for and as) sustainability, globalisation and notions of sustainable education. It also examines the impact of these on education systems, educators, leaders and learners within the context of a globalised landscape. This unit provides educators with theoretical and conceptual frameworks to understand these influences and the practical tools to respond to such change.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. examine the purposes and intent of futures focussed theories in relation to education
  2. analyse and critique the impact of futures focussed influences on education in international and national contexts within a neoliberal framework
  3. evaluate and critique educational models based on futures focussed ideas and concepts
  4. develop a practical response to incorporate futures focussed models of education into local leadership contexts.
  • Case Study (60%)
  • Report (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Additional materials
  • Audio/Visual equipment
  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — Email address, Admission to Degree

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to Futures Thinking (Inayatullah) Future focused models of education
2Drivers of futures thinking in education - international and national contexts
3Education leadership in a Neoliberal landscape (Eriksen)
4Sustainable models of educational leadership (Hargreaves, Fullan)
5Sustainability - the four pillars - political; sociocultural; environmental and economic
6Education for sustainability (ARIES; Tilbury; Sterling)
7Education as sustainability (ARIES; Tilbury; Sterling)
8Integral models of thinking for sustainability (Wilbur)
9The contribution of education to sustainable global development
10Globalisation: Key Concepts (Ball; Lingard; Marginson; Friedman; Polanyi) Internationalising the curriculum, natural, economic and sociocultural
11Education and the creation of living capital and anthro-capital

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • FAQs
  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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