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Undergraduate Course: Science, Technology and the Environment; in and beyond the classroom (EDUA10131)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEducation Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionWhen considering environment, learners are exposed, typically, to ideas such as saving energy through fuel expenditure, the contribution of greenhouse gases to the environment and ?carbon footprints?. Perhaps it is more crucial to our long term future, that emphasis be placed on sustainability in terms of a collective responsibility to care for, respect and honour nature and the indigenous communities, ecological and societal, sharing it. People have made hugely significant changes on their environment over an extremely short period of time in geological terms. It is important to understand this not only as a problem but to consider also how developing understandings in science and rapid technological advances feed from each other and can help us develop with confidence, possible solutions for the 21st century and beyond. A major part of this entails learning to respect conflicting interests and accept shared responsibilities. This course offers students opportunities to clarify their understandings of these interesting, complex and very important concepts and processes and to think about and design ways of helping children towards their own understandings.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Environmental Studies 1 (EDUA08003) AND Environmental Studies 2 (EDUA08004)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Students will be asked to pay entrance fee costs for informal education centres. In addition, students will be asked to contribute towards the residential field trip travel, accommodation and food.
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
With reference to Science for Citizenship:
develop learning and teaching strategies that encourage pupil centred exploration, in and beyond the classroom, of suggested scientific and technological solutions to existing contemporary dilemmas;
explain global challenges from both ethical and scientific standpoints
demonstrate an understanding of the complexities of environmental interactions and interdependences from ego-centric, eco-centric and homo-centric perspectives;
With reference to Learning Beyond the Classroom
demonstrate awareness of the development of risk assessment issues involved in teaching science, technology and environment in schools and outdoors;
illustrate controversies surrounding land use and compare urban and rural environments as contexts for primary school education;
express understanding of the underpinning philosophy of learning outdoors and apply principles of experiential learning to teaching young people in outdoor (and indoor) contexts.
express informed arguments based on critical analyses of policy and theory related to learning outdoors as an integrated part of curriculum.
Assessment Information
This part comprises a video (recorded for student reflection and external examiner purposes) of an individual oral presentation to an audience of peers/ tutors of 20 minutes duration. Students are expected to demonstrate a critical understanding of one of the key themes examined on the course. (1000 words equivalent: 25% weighting). This part of the assignment is a compulsory pre-requisite for parts 2 and 3 to show progression of development.
This involves the continual compilation and submission of a personal Reflective Learning Log. This type of assignment is intended to encourage reflection on self, others and environment in relation to experiences of tutorials, reading and outdoor learning. (1000 words equivalent; 25% weighting). This part of the assignment will be assessed summatively with formative feedback.
This comprises a written plan for science and technology learning and teaching in the outdoors (2,000 words equivalent: 50% weighting)
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Transferable skills Not entered
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Study Abroad Not entered
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KeywordsScience, Technology, Environment, Sustainability, Citizenship, Learning Outdoors.
Course organiserDr Simon Beames
Tel: (0131 6)51 6093
Course secretaryMs Elena Novo Cabana
Tel: (0131 6)51 6470
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