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Sustainability 2014, 6(4), 2118-2132; doi:10.3390/su6042118

Lessons Learned from Developing a New Distance-Learning Masters Course in the Green Economy

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Faculty of Science and Technology, Bournemouth University, Fern Barrow, Talbot Campus, Poole BH125BB, UK
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Received: 5 February 2014 / Revised: 8 April 2014 / Accepted: 9 April 2014 / Published: 15 April 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Education and Skills for the Green Economy)
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It is widely recognised that for the green economy to develop successfully, new educational curricula will be required to help professionals develop appropriate knowledge and skills. Relatively few university courses have been developed to date that explicitly focus on the green economy, reflecting its recent origins. Here we present the lessons learned from developing and implementing a new Masters course in the green economy, at Bournemouth University in the UK. The most significant challenges were institutional barriers, such as different departmental policies and procedures and decentralised budget strategies, which inhibited the cross-departmental collaboration desired for interdisciplinarity. Uncertainty about the future development of the green economy and its value as a concept, among both teaching staff and prospective students, presented a further challenge. In addition, the development of an appropriate curriculum for green economy courses has received little attention previously. Here, we present an overview of the curriculum developed for this Masters-level course, and, based on our experience, we demonstrate how the challenges in developing such a course can successfully be overcome.
Keywords: distance learning; sustainability; sustainable development; MSc; education distance learning; sustainability; sustainable development; MSc; education
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Newton, A.C.; Cantarello, E.; Shiel, C.; Hodder, K. Lessons Learned from Developing a New Distance-Learning Masters Course in the Green Economy. Sustainability 2014, 6, 2118-2132.

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