ELS-53506 Empowerment for Sustainability


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper1
Group work5
Excursion (one day)6
Independent study0
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:

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


This course aims to foster a multifaceted understanding of empowerment for sustainability, and to equip you to walk your talk of sustainability. Firstly, it engages you to explore conceptually the complex nature of (un)sustainability and empowerment, and to distinguish paradigms in terms of 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 sustainability, within your sphere of influence. Thirdly, it enables you to cultivate competencies for actively participating into the quest of sustainability and navigating its complexities, namely: reflexive capabilities, worldview communication skills, personal leadership, entrepreneurial skills and self-sustainability competence. This course integrates theory, reflexive thinking and actions.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this 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 and discuss their own personal real life sustainability project, related outcomes and learning process with clarity, inspiration and sense of ownership of own project.


- lectures; literature study;
- 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.