Engaging Communities in Climate Change

Climate change specialist Phil Beardmore, newly an associate of LWM, has been developing a Level 4 course, Engaging Communities in Climate Change, in conjunction with Aston University’s Lifelong Learning Centre. This module is now recruiting for the autumn.

The module is part of a series offered by the centre’s Sustainable Communities, Urban Regeneration and Environmental Technologies consortium, designed to supply many of the skills and knowledge needed for today’s and tomorrow’s economy.

Topics covered include:

  • Understanding the causes and impacts of climate change
  • What actions make a difference
  • Why community action matters
  • Good practice in employee engagement
  • Counting carbon in the community
  • A strategic approach to climate change
  • Joining it all up – the importance of partnership working
  • Adapting to climate change
  • Sustainable development and climate change
  • Developing and managing a community climate change project

About this module
Many technical solutions to climate change are already well established but winning the hearts and minds of people can seem an uphill struggle. This course will show how a people-centred, community-focussed
approach to tackling climate change can overcome the suspicion many people feel towards mainstream initiatives and inspire people to action through trusted community networks.

Aims of this module
To develop the student’s understanding of how community action can engage greater numbers of people in carbon reduction activity as well as contributing to wider economic and social renewal. Students will
learn good practice in engaging communities on climate change and explore the relationship between social justice and climate change.

This module aims to prepare participants to engage communities and neighbourhoods in practical activity addressing issues relating to climate change through processes of social learning, community action and good practice case study analysis.

Type of learning
There is a range of flexible delivery methods and contact time, including workshops, site visits, lectures and online learning. The course takes about three months to complete.

Assessment
The assessment includes individual and group work. Students will be set practical tests as well as essays and will be encouraged to express their own views on what we mean by just solutions to climate change.

Purpose
Aston University’s Lifelong Learning Centre is leading the development of a new network offering part time, flexible and accessible modules relating to the building of sustainable communities, urban regeneration and environmental technologies. These can be taken independently or as part or a negotiated award in Professional Development and are available to develop understanding and skills needed for the emerging
green knowledge based economy. Those completing study at level 3, such as BTEC or A Levels are eligible to apply, along with those who are qualified by experience enabling them to success and benefit from higher education.

Teaching and Learning Methods
Learning will be undertaken throughout the year and modules will be delivered on a part time blended learning basis. This will involve face to face discussions, seminars, field visits and on line study.

Cost
£276 for 10 credit module
£552 for 20 credit module

Applications & Eligibility
Mature students who are qualified by experience, gained in the public, private or voluntary sector should attach a 500 word statement to their application. People who can demonstrate a capacity to succeed in their chosen area of study will progress. Some modules require specific pre-existing knowledge and prospective students will be expected to demonstrate the prerequisite knowledge for each module.

Assessed by:

  • Accredited prior learning
  • Entry Test
  • AP(E)L Processes
  • Other appropriate methods

For more information, please contact Phil Beardmore by email or on 07791 839025.

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