EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH
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Critical Pedagogy and Eco-pedagogy: Discussing Ethics and Radical Environmentalism at Business School

European Journal of Sustainable Development Research, 2020, 4(3), em0123, https://doi.org/10.29333/ejosdr/7855
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ABSTRACT

This article discusses critical pedagogy and ecopedagogy, which stimulate active citizenship through the lessons of environmentalism, exposing students to the critique of the underlying power structures of society. This article discusses business ethics and sustainability undergraduate course, which served as a case study applying critical pedagogy and ecopedogogy. Critical pedagogy, developed by the Brazilian educator Paulo Freire rejects the idea that education is ever politically neutral, arguing that teaching is an inherently political act. Ecopedagogy, taking critical pedagogy further to include current environmental challenges, has inspired this educational intervention described in this article. Asked to watch and reflect on a documentary about radical environmentalism, the students demonstrated a certain shift in their understanding of conventional ethics, enshrined in anthropocentrism. Their reflections showed that they were both surprised and to a degree shocked about not just the actions of the “radicals”, but also the role of the state, supported by corporate and political lobbies in suppressing protest and the framing of the term “radicalism”. The article concludes in the reflection on what radical environmentalism can teach business students in their role as active citizens.

KEYWORDS

active citizenship critical pedagogy ecopedagogy environmental education radical environmentalism

CITATION (APA)

Kopnina, H. (2020). Critical Pedagogy and Eco-pedagogy: Discussing Ethics and Radical Environmentalism at Business School. European Journal of Sustainable Development Research, 4(3), em0123. https://doi.org/10.29333/ejosdr/7855
Harvard
Kopnina, H. (2020). Critical Pedagogy and Eco-pedagogy: Discussing Ethics and Radical Environmentalism at Business School. European Journal of Sustainable Development Research, 4(3), em0123. https://doi.org/10.29333/ejosdr/7855
Vancouver
Kopnina H. Critical Pedagogy and Eco-pedagogy: Discussing Ethics and Radical Environmentalism at Business School. EUR J SUSTAIN DEV RES. 2020;4(3):em0123. https://doi.org/10.29333/ejosdr/7855
AMA
Kopnina H. Critical Pedagogy and Eco-pedagogy: Discussing Ethics and Radical Environmentalism at Business School. EUR J SUSTAIN DEV RES. 2020;4(3), em0123. https://doi.org/10.29333/ejosdr/7855
Chicago
Kopnina, Helen. "Critical Pedagogy and Eco-pedagogy: Discussing Ethics and Radical Environmentalism at Business School". European Journal of Sustainable Development Research 2020 4 no. 3 (2020): em0123. https://doi.org/10.29333/ejosdr/7855
MLA
Kopnina, Helen "Critical Pedagogy and Eco-pedagogy: Discussing Ethics and Radical Environmentalism at Business School". European Journal of Sustainable Development Research, vol. 4, no. 3, 2020, em0123. https://doi.org/10.29333/ejosdr/7855

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