Postgraduate Course: Environmental Philosophy and City-based Outdoor Learning (EDUA11317)
|School||Moray House School of Education and Sport
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The history of western philosophy promotes a search for and love of wisdom. The pursuance of wisdom has never been as important as it is now, knowing that the survival of the human species requires changes to the way we live our modern lives. The context for this search lies within a contemporary world characterised by a changing atmosphere, degraded land and seascape, reduced biodiversity, yet infinite beauty. Through Place-Based approaches to education this course will explore ways of improving the relationship between human beings and the planet we inhabit. ¿Inquiry as stance¿ will be explored as a method of enquiry intended to seek out the knowledge and wisdom necessary to develop action competences that promote sustainable living. This philosophical background provides the basis from which to consider the implications for city-based outdoor learning.
The planet is experiencing the largest urban growth in its history and so the way that people experience city environments is central to the quest for sustainable living. This course focuses on being outdoors and indoors in city environments to explore how these settings might be used to provide inspiration toward sustainable living. Key to this enquiry is the notion of ¿presence¿ and ¿phenomenology¿ which suggest that the way in which people experience the places they inhabit influences their values. Thus, the idea of ¿presence¿ becomes central to the issue of our everyday personal and social identity that has wider moral implications for the way we relate to the planet.
The course is rooted in the tradition of Place-Based Education and seeks to explore the relationship between indoor and outdoor learning, motivation and pro-environmental behaviour. It specifically takes note of the proclamation from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO, 2019:1) that ¿all levels and forms of existing educational and teaching and learning programmes need to be reviewed and re-oriented to address the causes and consequences of climate change (and biodiversity loss)¿. Using this proclamation as a ¿sounding board¿ this course will explore city-based outdoor learning and the opportunities available in the development of programmes intended to address the transition towards sustainable living.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
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Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Critically engage with various theories associated with Place-Based Education, be aware of the assumptions that underpin these theories and their implications for city-based outdoor learning
- Critically engage with planned and spontaneous opportunities that arise in the city from Place-Based approaches to education
- Students will take part in and critically reflect upon their urban solo experience with specific reference to theories associated with phenomenology
- Students will have have taken part in other experiential city-based outdoor learning activities that leads to further critical reflection on the relationship between theory and practice
- Students will have engaged in theories of reform pedagogy, ¿Inquiry as stance¿ and experiential education to understand the role of education as an agent of change
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|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Experiential education,Place Based Education,Reform Pedagogy,Learning for Sustainability
|Course organiser||Dr Robbie Nicol
Tel: (0131 6)50 9793
|Course secretary||Miss Claire Chalmers
Tel: (0131 6)51 6573