94221 - Sustainability and Teaching Tools

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Good health and well-being Quality education Sustainable cities Responsible consumption and production

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

Contents and abilities to be gained

In its first section, the course aims at analyzing the historical evolution of the enviromentalist thought, the inset of the concept of sustainable development and themes of environmental politics. Through the analysis of national and international literature, the concepts and practices of environmental education, education in nature and outdoor education will be dealt with, up to education for sustainability. At the end of the module, the student: - knows the historical evolution of the environmentalist thought and the theoretical framework of sustainable development, in a global and critical perspective; - is aware of themes of environmental politics (functions, institution and management of protected areas), with a special focus on the Emilia-Romagna Region; - is able to plan and manage projects based on the nexus between nature and culture at the local level; - knows concepts and practices typical of the specific educational and didactic; - will be able to analyze environmental education projects carried out in schools and territories; - will know the indispensable methodologies for planning and coordinating intentional educational and didactic experiences oriented towards sustainability in natural contexts; - he will be able to continue his path of knowledge of the debate on the issue by autonomously consulting conventional sources and materials proposed by the network.

Course contents

Course Contents

History of the nexus among economic thought, Environment and Nature conservation;

Sustainable Development and Environmental Politics;

Protected areas: governance, functions, education;

Landscape evolution and man-environment interactions, between nature and culture;

Didactics and environmental research:

methodologies and toolsEducating in the environment to educate for sustainability.

Educational paths between school and extra-school


A basic knowledge of Ecology and theoretical models regarding Sustainabilty and active teaching methodologies.



For those who will attend the lectures:

  • Personal notes and materials uploaded on virtuale.unibo.it
  • F. Paolini, Breve storia dell’ambiente nel Novecento, Rome, Carocci, 2009 (pp. 15-107 only).
  • Antonietti M., Bertolino F., Guerra M., Schenetti M., (Eds.) Educazione e Natura. Franco Angeli (in press)

For those who will not attend the lectures:

  • F. Paolini, Breve storia dell’ambiente nel Novecento, Rome, Carocci, 2009 (pp. 15-107 only).
  • M. Tinacci Mossello, Politica dell’ambiente. Analisi, azioni, progetti, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2008, pp. 17-162 only.
  • Materials uploaded on virtuale.unibo.it for the students who will not attend the lectures.

Teaching methods

The course will make use of theoretical lectures, in-depth study of application case studies and exercises, active / cooperative teaching methodologies with the aim of promoting critical and active participation of students.

Office hours

See the website of Michela Schenetti

See the website of Stefano Piastra