Study Social Ecology

Social Ecology Program

Our Social Ecology program explores the dynamic inter-relationships between the personal, social, environmental and 'spiritual' domains, particularly as these apply to learning and education. We acknowledge that everything we do as individuals affects others; our shared communities and environments. We view ourselves as parts of the systems (local to global) in which we live needing to take responsibility for our roles. Key themes include applied imagination, eco-psychology and cultural change, environmental education and advocacy, eco-literacy, systemics and the emergent characteristics of change, transformative learning, leadership and associated research practices.

In our commitment to these themes, the social ecology team seeks to make a profound contribution through our undergraduate units in the Education Studies Major, and through our postgraduate programs.

Courses in Social Ecology are for those who want to lead understanding of the shifts in values and attitudes required to realise ecological, social and personal sustainability. It is for those seeking to orient learning towards our shared futures, imaginatively, collaboratively, ethically and effectively. It is for those seeking to both imagine and implement developments in the learning of future generations.

Social Ecology Courses

Career Opportunities in Social Ecology

Specialist educational or ecological consultancy roles, self employment and social change

Graduates from postgraduate programs in Social Ecology are often professionals already working in related fields who are seeking to upgrade their skills.

Our graduate work in a variety of fields. These include environmental education, environmental activism, community development, welfare services, school education, and community leadership through various organisational and administrative roles.

All graduates are interested in social change and all are educators of some sort, whether in specific education settings, the community sector, in health or local, state or federal government. They are employed by schools, councils, NGOs and welfare services. 

Many are self employed and work in specialist environmental or ecological consultancy roles. Many use their studies in Social Ecology as a spring board to further studies with a view to contributing to social change in a strongly informed way.

Academic Profile

Doctor David Wright

David works through the Social Ecology group in the School of Education. He has an association with the Centre for Educational Research (Sustainability). He teaches in the Masters of Education program and the Education Studies major in units concered with transformative, ecological and holistic approaches to learning. He has a background in writing for performance and drama and performance studies and brings this to work on approache…

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