EDU20005 Sustainable Education and Perspectives

Unit code: EDU20005

Duration: 1 Teaching Period

Contact hours: Recommended 8 hours of study per week

About this unit

This unit focuses on education for sustainability, moving beyond offering children experiences with nature to supporting them in appropriate ways to understand the systems and mechanisms that support life and environmental stewardship. The subsequent focus is encouraging them to act on those understandings.


  • Definitions of sustainability and environmental education
  • The nature of Education for Sustainability
  • History of Education for Sustainability
  • Global perspectives on Education for Sustainability
  • Rationales for including Education for Sustainability in the curriculum
  • Ecological literacy
  • Developing an Education for Sustainability curriculum
  • Creating and maintaining natural play spaces
  • The Forest school movement
  • Case studies of sustainable practice, natural play spaces and Forest schools
  • The Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative (AuSSI)

This unit is found in Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) and Bachelor of Education (Primary).