ELS-21806 Empowerment for Sustainability

Vak code vorig jaar: (ELS-53506)


Studiepunten 6.00

Individual Paper1
Group work5
Excursion (one day)6
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. VC Tassone
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. M Duineveld
dr. VC Tassone
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 qualities and capacities (competencies) for actively participating into the quest for sustainability and navigating its complexities, namely: reflexivity, perspective-taking, (worldview) communication, personal leadership, entrepreneurial mindset, care and self-sustainability. This course integrates theory, reflexive thinking and actions.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand concepts related to (un)sustainability, modernity, post- and trans-modernity paradigms, empowerment and agency related competencies;
- understand 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;
- 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; essay writing;

- excursion;

- interactions and dialogues;

- reflexive, arts-based and action-oriented exercises; theatre role plays; personal action project.


- 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.


All learning material is available on-line on Brightspace, at the start of the course.

Keuze voor: MESEnvironmental SciencesMSc4WD