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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Research and analyse an environmental issue in terms of principles of environmental justice and sustainability and recommend possible solutions 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
13640  Research and analyse an environmental issue in terms of principles of environmental justice and sustainability and recommend possible solutions 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Environmental Educators 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 05 - Education, Training and Development Adult Learning 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for people working as environmental education practitioners or environmental health and safety officers in contexts in which they are required to understand and address environmental issues or risks. They may work in various contexts including environmental education centres, community-based projects, non-governmental organisations, government departments or industry.

People credited with this unit standard will understand the scope and complexity of an environmental issue and be able to research and analyse it from social, political, economic and biophysical perspectives.

A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Explore and clarify principles of environmental justice and sustainability
  • Analyse a selected environmental issue in terms of principles of environmental justice and sustainability
  • Discuss and recommend possible solutions
  • Evaluate proposed solutions in terms of environmental justice and sustainability 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The candidate will be required to demonstrate an FETC or RPL equivalent in order to gain access to the National Certificate in Environmental Education, Training and Development Practice (EETDP) (NQF Level 5) for which this is a core unit standard. Competence in language and communication at FETC level is essential.

    This unit standard assumes competence in the following EETDP unit standard:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of environmental education goals, principles and methods and their appropriateness in different contexts

    This unit standard should be undertaken concurrently with the following unit standards:
  • Network broadly in order to source information and support around a key environmental issue or risk (in particular specific outcome 1: Identify key environmental issues and select one to research)
  • Demonstrate a general understanding of people-environment relationships and current environmental challenges. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This level 5 unit standard requires the candidate to research and analyse an environmental issue in depth, understanding it from social, economic, political and biophysical points of view.

    Candidates should undertake this unit standard at the same time as unit standard EE 5C.05: Network broadly in order to source information and support around a key environmental issue or risk. They should focus on the same issue in both unit standards so that their research and networking are complementary.

    As in the case of unit standard EE 5C.05, it is recommended that candidates work co-operatively in small research groups, each group researching and analysing a different issue. By the end of the programme of learning, each group should share the results of its research with the other groups so that the group as a whole develops a deeper understanding of a range of relevant environmental issues. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explore and clarify principles of environmental justice and sustainability 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Preferably work in small groups and draw on prior knowledge and understanding before researching the meaning of terms in more depth using the literature, examples from the media and own experience. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Discuss understanding and examples of environmental justice. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Embedded knowledge:

    Concepts, principles and debates on the nature of environmental justice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Discuss understanding and examples of environmental sustainability. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Embedded knowledge

    Concepts, principles and debates on the nature of environmental sustainability. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Demonstrate, through a process of research and discussion, an informed understanding of principles of environmental justice and sustainability. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Analyse a selected environmental issue in terms of principles of environmental justice 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Analyse a selected environmental issue in terms of principles of environmental justice and sustainability.

    Embedded knowledge:

    An understanding of the concepts and principles of environmental justice and sustainability. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Candidates are required to research an environmental issue thoroughly. In order that all members of the group contribute to the research process, the group should share the responsibility for research and reporting according to principles of co-operative learning. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Describe the environmental issue, noting its social, political, economic and biophysical features. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Establish the causes of the environmental issue and analyse how these relate to principles of environmental justice and sustainability. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Establish the effects of the environmental issue and analyse how these impact on environmental justice and sustainability. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Contribute to the preparation and presentation of an analytical report. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Report should clearly describe and analyse the environmental issue and show how it impacts on environmental justice and sustainability.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Discuss and recommend possible solutions 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Suggest possible ways of addressing the environmental issue or aspects of the issue. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Generate a range of possible solutions by brainstorming in a group, or using other problem-solving activities; acknowledge that environmental issues are complex and it may not be possible to address them in their entirety.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Analyse the feasibility and appropriateness of a range of possible solutions and actions. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Select a small number of potentially feasible solutions or actions to address the environmental issue. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    A maximum of three possible actions or strategies.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Evaluate proposed solutions in terms of environmental justice and sustainability 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    This specific outcome is intended to illustrate that solutions to environmental problems may in turn cause other problems if the consequences are not carefully considered before they are implemented. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Analyse the suggested solutions in terms of principles of environmental justice and possible
    social, political and economic consequences. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Analyse the suggested solutions in terms of principles of environmental sustainability and possible biophysical consequences. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Recommend and justify one well-considered course of action to address the environmental issue or an aspect thereof. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Accreditation and moderation options:

    Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.

    Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.

    Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Refer to the Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria contained in this unit standard.

    The following essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the specific outcomes, in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Candidates are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes, to the standards described in the assessment criteria, without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge. For the most part, the possession or lack of this knowledge can be directly inferred from the quality of the candidate's performance.
  • Concepts, principles and debates on the nature of environmental justice
  • Concepts, principles and debates on the nature of environmental sustainability
  • Co-operative learning methods
  • Concept of environment and the scope of environmental issues 


  • Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation and community. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, symbolic and/or language skills in various modes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Participate as a responsible citizen in the life of local, national and global communities. 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  22901   National Certificate: Environmental Education, Training and Development Practice  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP SETA 
    Core  49337   National Certificate: Multi-National Safety and Security Operations Management  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
    Core  22902   National Diploma: Environmental Education, Training and Development Practice  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP SETA 
    Core  79808   National Diploma: Occupational Safety  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Core  22903   Bachelor of Environmental Education, Training and Development Practice  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Reregistered  2021-06-30  CHE 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. DELTA ENVIRONMENTAL CENTRE NPC 
    2. Nkinane Training Institute and Consulting (Pty) Ltd 
    3. SPS Consulting (Pty) Ltd 
    4. THE GMC GROUP PTY LTD 
    5. Ulwazi Training & Development 
    6. WARRANT OFFICER ACADEMY 
    7. Wildlife and Enviroment Society of South Africa 



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