20 Apr What is EVS syllabus?
Although the ESS course requires the study of environmental systems and societies at a range of scales, from local to global, the teaching of the course should be firmly grounded in the local environment. The syllabus contains many references to “local examples”, and fieldwork may be based on local ecosystems.
On a broader scale, the course also leads students to an appreciation of the nature of the international dimension of ESS, since the resolution of the major environmental issues rests heavily upon international relationships and agreements.
On an organizational level, many international bodies exist, such as the:
- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO);
- the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP);
- and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
The data from such research is shared worldwide and much of this is freely available to students.The power of scientific knowledge to transform societies is unparalleled. It has the potential to produce great universal benefits, or to reinforce inequalities and cause harm to people and the environment
Students’ attention should be drawn to sections of the syllabus with links to international-mindedness. Examples of issues relating to international-mindedness are given within sub-topics in the Syllabus