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Looking globally: the future of education
Looking globally: the future of education

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This free course was written by a team led by Alison Fox and Clare Lee.

Except for third party materials and otherwise stated (see terms and conditions), this content is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Licence.

The material acknowledged below is Proprietary and used under licence (not subject to Creative Commons Licence). Grateful acknowledgement is made to the following sources for permission to reproduce material in this free course:


Figure 1: View of Collins Glacier in Antarctica, © United Nations. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-commercial-No Derivatives Licence

Activity 2: Photograph of Brian Cox © Ben A. Pruchnie / Stringer / Getty Images

Figure 2: Butterfly diagram from 'Global Learning and Education: Key concepts and effective practice', p. 133, Routledge, © 2015 A. Peterson and P. Warwick, reproduced by permission of Paul Warwick.

Activity 3: Photograph of Paul Warwick. Reproduced courtesy of Dr Paul Warwick

Course forum: Photograph of Wroclaw river, Poland: © Alison Fox


Activity 1: ‘Sustainability’ © BBC, transmitted 17 August 1999.

Activity 2: Climate Change: Professor Brian Cox clashes with sceptic Malcolm Roberts. Reproduced by permission of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation – Library

Activity 3: 'What is sustainability?' © BBC, transmitted 5 August 2013.

Activity 4 Scenario 2: Extract from Sustainability Education in HE – towards a pedagogy of hope, challenge and controversy? University of Greenwich Educational Development Unit. Licensed under Creative Commons

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