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2EDSL-2 Environmental Education

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this qualification, the student will have achieved the following learning outcomes, defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

Knowledge

The student

  • has knowledge of ecological conditions and key species in Norwegian habitats
  • has knowledge of the importance of biodiversity and what characterises sustainable development
  • has knowledge of energy issues, pollution and climate challenges in Norway
  • has an overview of the most important environmental projects in Norwegian Schools

Skills

The student

  • can reflect on and discuss causes of environmental challenges and identify possible solutions to alleviate them
  • can organise and lead exploratory teaching and learning in Norwegian habitats
  • can reflect on Norwegian environmental challenges in an international context
  • can plan and implement educational programmes for sustainable development

Competence

The student

  • can apply his or her knowledge to work with children on issues pertaining to sustainable development
  • can apply his or her knowledge to inspire environmental commitment

Course content

  • Nature adventures and nature knowledge as a foundation for commitment to the environment, biodiversity and sustainable development
  • The natural scientific basis: knowledge of species, life cycles, ecology and Norwegian habitats, the energy concept
  • Energy production (hydroelectric, wind energy, bioenergy, fossil energy and energy consumption)
  • Climate challenges globally and in Norway
  • Environmental challenges related to soil and water in Norway
  • Conflicts of interest in Norway: windmills and conservation, bioenergy and forest protection, Norway as an oil nation and at the same time an environmental advocate
  • Exploratory education and science inquiry for sustainable development: Environmental projects in Norwegian kindergartens and schools, international climate projects with participating schoolchildren

Teaching and working methods

  • Lectures and seminars
  • Practical work in the laboratory with various forms of energy and environmental technology
  • Web discussion
  • Excursions and field trips

Coursework requirements

  • 80 % attendance is required for lectures, seminars and workshops.
  • Participation in practical laboratory work

Examination

  • A written individual in-depth assignment which counts for 40 % of the marks
  • Oral individual exam which counts for 60 % of the marks

Examination marks are awarded on a scale from A (best) to F (fail), where E is the lowest pass mark.