Social ecology has become a rapidly developing field. This course provides an introduction into social ecological thinking and practice.
Every person has interrelated fundamental responsibility for our fellow human beings – a solidarity manifested first and foremost in our communities but also globally (through ethical principles and the protection of human rights), for the environment and for the welfare and wellbeing of next generations. In the 21th century new challenges present themselves in all of the above areas – such as environmental and humanitarian catastrophes and growing inequalities, just to name a few – that demand an urgent response on part of the academic community. These can be addressed only by a systemic approach; and by the collaboration between the different study areas, professions and sectors.
The course is composed of online seminars and an additional community practice.
ONLINE PROGRAM (12-15 April, 2021)
The online instruction comprises 10 synchronous contact hours on 4 sub-themes+10 hours asynchronous student work (compulsory readings, short reflections and quizzes). This introductory part focuses on relevant themes and theories related to Social Work and Social Ecology.
Syllabi for the online program:
COMMUNITY PRACTICE (4-10 July, 2021)
In the second part of the course students may work on two different projects in the city of Pécs:
- Building a community garden for an NGO working for the social integration of schoolchildren living in a less privileged city area. 20 hours of joint work for the community, including community planning, implementation, celebrating community achievements and reflections.
- Developing a community garden in the city; learning community planning and eco-friendly gardening (20 hours)
NGOs for the community practice:
- ÉlményTár Tanoda (afternoon programme for schoolchildren)
- Zöld Folt Közösségi Kert (Green Spot Community Garden)