ECS-53506 Empowerment for Sustainability


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper1
Group work5
Excursion (one day)6
Independent study
Course coordinator(s)dr. VC Tassone
Lecturer(s)dr. VC Tassone
dr. ir. M Duineveld
Examiner(s)dr. VC Tassone

Language of instruction:


Continuation courses:

ECS-31806 Environmental Education and Learning for Sustainability;
ECS-32806 Teaching, Learning and Capacity Building for Sustainable Development.


This course aims to foster a multifaceted understanding of sustainability and to equip you, to walk the talk of sustainability. Firstly, it engages you to explore the concept of (un)sustainability and to distinguish paradigms (worldviews) and mindsets impacting society and the environment. Secondly, it exposes you to your own agency and supports you to uncover your potential through which you can contribute to a sustainable world. Thirdly, it enables you to develop competencies for being an agent of change, namely: reflexive capabilities, communication skills, personal leadership, entrepreneurial skills and self-sustainability competences. This course integrates theory, reflexive thinking and actions.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of the course students are expected to:
- have understood and have personalized concepts related to (un)sustainability, modernity, post- and trans-modernity paradigms, empowerment and agency related competencies;
- have explored their own agency and own competencies by creating and implementing a personal real life sustainability project of their own choice, within their own sphere of influence;
- be able to share discuss their own personal real life sustainability project, related outcomes and learning process with clarity, inspiration and sense of ownership of own project.


- lectures;
- interactions and dialogues;
- awareness building exercises, theatre role plays, personal action project, competence training.


- individual paper about Empowerment for Sustainability Theory and Concepts (50%);
- individual presentation about your Personal Sustainability Project (50%).
In order to pass this course, both components need a minimum mark of 5.50.


The Reader will be available on-line on the Blackboard at the start of the course.