Science: Sustainability in the City

Ref: C2419066

Environmental problems such as climate change and pollution are often in the news. This course offers and introduction to these problems and how they have been tackled.

Additional information about this course

Learn about the environmental challenges, household energy saving, city wildlife and food, air pollution and water conservation.

Course aim

This course aims to introduce learners to environmental studies and provide and overview of topical environmental issues. It will also provide examples of practical solutions and progress in sustainability from London and around the world.

Who is the course for?

Wandsworth & Westminster Mind.

What topics will this course cover

Definitions of sustainability, global environmental problems, global climate change, the greenhouse effect, energy saving, renewable energy, water conservation and management, flooding, pollution.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

1) Have an overview of topical environmental issues and understand news stories about them 2) Identify environmental projects and technologies being used locally and globally

How will I know I'm making progress?

Through worksheets, class group discussion, feedback and one to one.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

It may be useful to bring a pen and paper to make notes.

Reading and information sources

No prior reading is necessary. Optional further reading will be suggested.

What could the course lead to?

Further WEA courses.

Download full course outline

Science: Sustainability in the City Course Outline


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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