Brief description of Course 1 - Sustainable living and the state of the environment

This course explores key aspects of the notion of sustainable living and the most common manifestations of environmental deterioration and health hazards that humans and non-human beings are currently facing. The section on environmental health hazards includes texts on topics such as climate change, electromagnetic pollution, nanotechnology products, plastic waste, and environmental toxins. The section on social deterioration focuses on corporate exploitation of workers and the psychological and health effects of outsourcing and restructuring. Sustainability frameworks are described, and learners have opportunities to measure their ecological footprint and explore the features of their life in terms of their sustainability.

Topics: Key aspects of sustainable living - Pollution of Air, Soil, and Water - Climate Change and Climate Scepticism - Rising Sea Levels - Biodiversity and Species Extinction - Electromagnetic Radiation - Nanomaterials - Environmental Toxins - Pharmaceuticals in the Environment - Colony Collapse Disorder - Effects of Globalisation - Corporate Exploitation of Workers

Completion rate: 90%

Brief description of Course 2 - Knowledge frameworks

All learning takes place within socially constructed knowledge frameworks. In this course learners have the opportunity to get an in-depth understanding of the knowledge frameworks currently used to interpret and make sense of our ecological problems and to conceptualise their solutions. These include frameworks such as social ecology, deep ecology, ecofeminism, perspectivism, and perennial philosophy. Ecopsychology approaches are explored in Course 4.

Topics: Perspectivism - Social Ecology - Deep Ecology - Ecofeminism - Perennial Philosophy - Human Ecology - Radical Ecology - Cultural Ecology - Conscious Evolution - Integral Ecology - Environmental Education - Sustainability Education

Completion rate: 80%