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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply introductory knowledge of environmental ethics in the context of personal experience 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
13669  Apply introductory knowledge of environmental ethics in the context of personal experience 
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 4  NQF Level 04 
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 introductory unit standard in environmental ethics is relevant to a wide range of professions, in particular those concerned with the environment or those having a significant impact upon the environment. It introduces the learner to some basic environmental ethics concepts, and encourages application of this knowledge to familiar contexts within the candidate's personal and professional experience. This unit standard should help the learner to clarify and evaluate his/her own environmental values in relation to the field of work or study. It also introduces the learner to the contested and ambiguous nature of environmental values related to his/her field of work or study.

A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Demonstrate introductory knowledge and understanding of environmental ethics as it relates to practice
  • Apply introductory knowledge of environmental ethics to the analysis and resolution of a concrete environmental problem
  • Describe the environmental value positions that inform policies and practices affecting the environment
  • Apply introductory knowledge of environmental ethics to personal lifestyle choices and/or workplace practice 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    This introductory unit standard at Further Education and Training Certificate (FETC) level assumes no prior knowledge or experience of the field of environmental ethics. However, it does assume competence in the language of instruction, and knowledge of the candidate's particular field of work or study. The candidate should be in possession of at least a General Education and Training Certificate (GETC). 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This unit standard focuses on applying knowledge and understanding of basic concepts in environmental ethics (e.g. ethics, values, value positions, the environment, ecological sustainability) to familiar, practical contexts. At this level, knowledge of environmental ethics as a theoretical field is not required.

    Environmental problems selected for analysis should be concrete and related to the personal experience of the learner (e.g. a local or provincial issue) and to their field of work or study. At least two distinct environmental value positions should be evident in the environmental problems selected.

    Candidates should evaluate one or two key policies or practices related to their experience. These may be large- or small-scale (e.g. national legislation, local by-laws, organisational procedures).

    In addition to their work or study context, this unit standard also provides the learner with an opportunity to reflect on personal lifestyle choices in relation to environmental values. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate introductory knowledge and understanding of environmental ethics 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Demonstrate introductory knowledge and understanding of key concepts related to environmental ethics. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Embedded knowledge:

    Concepts including ethics, values, value positions, environmental values, environmental ethics, the environment, an environmental problem. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Recognise and describe a limited number of environmental values that are relevant to the local context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Demonstrate an understanding of the contested and ambivalent nature of environmental values. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Apply introductory knowledge of environmental ethics 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Apply introductory knowledge of environmental ethics to the analysis and resolution of a concrete environmental problem. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Describe the environmental problem. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Clarify value positions of different stakeholders. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Identify any ethical dilemmas inherent in the problem. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Recommend a solution to the problem. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Justify the recommended solution in terms of relevant environmental values. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Describe the environmental value positions that inform policies and practices 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Describe the environmental value positions that inform policies and practices affecting the environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Demonstrate knowledge of the core principles or assumptions informing relevant policies or practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Analyse these principles or assumptions in the light of an introductory knowledge of environmental ethics. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Describe the environmental value positions reflected in the policy statements or practices 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Apply introductory knowledge of environmental ethics to personal lifestyle choices 
    OUTCOME NOTES 
    Apply introductory knowledge of environmental ethics to personal lifestyle choices and/or workplace practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Critically examine the environmental value positions indicated by choices and practices in one's personal and professional life. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Describe how a knowledge of environmental ethics influences personal and professional choices and practices. 


    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 
    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.
  • Meaning of key environmental ethics concepts, e.g. ethics, values, value positions, environmental values, environmental ethics, the environment, an environmental problem. 


  • 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 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 
    Be culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Specified requirements:

    Specified requirements include specific legal and workplace requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:

    Legal:

    Relevant laws, regulations and policies, e.g. the Constitution of South Africa, the National Environmental Management Act

    Site specific:

    Relevant contextual information and documentation, including corporate strategic plans and workplace procedures 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48884   Further Education and Training Certificate (FETC): Community Facilitation in Society and Environment Interactions  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2012-06-30   
    Core  22900   National Certificate: Environmental Education, Training and Development Practice  Level 4  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L4  Reregistered  2023-06-30  ETDP SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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