Graduate Certificate in Education (Social Ecology)

Approved Abbreviation: GradCertEd(SocEcol)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1684.2

AQF Level: 8

Course Status: CONTINUING
This version of the course is available only to continuing or completing students.

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is mid-year 2010 -2014.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

Commencement Year 2010 - 1684.1 Graduate Certificate in Education (Social Ecology)

The Graduate Certificate in Education (Social Ecology) explores the dynamic inter-relationships between the personal, social, environmental and ‘spiritual’ domains. We acknowledge that everything we do as individuals affects others; our shared communities and environments. We view ourselves as being parts of the systems (local to global) in which we live, and needing to take responsibility for our roles. Key themes include transformative learning and leadership, applied imagination and creativity, environmental education, social action and advocacy, eco-psychology, eco-spirituality, sense of place and the emergent characteristics of complexity, systemics and ecological thinking.

Graduates will develop skills in the areas of environmental education, environmental advocacy, ecological systems, environmental futures, critical and transformative learning and leadership and other areas of interest.

Study Mode
One year part-time.

Course Advice

Dr David


CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Penrith CampusPart TimeMulti Modal See above


Applicants must have:

Successfully completed an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in any discipline


Have five years work experience in a Social Ecology-related area (community work; environmental work; outdoor education; counselling; adult education, facilitation and training and personal development).

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience MUST support their application with a Statement of Service for all work experience listed on the application.

Statement of Service

Applications from Australian and NZ citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 40 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Recommended Sequence

Year 1


101658.1Transformative Learning

Choose one of

101651.1Applied Imagination
101653.1Environmental Education and Advocacy


101655.1Transformative Leadership

Choose one of

101652.1Ecopsychology and Cultural Change
101654.1Researching Social Ecology

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