Certificate of Ecological Accounting

Certificate in Ecological Resilience and Intemerate Accounting

 

Semester/Year:  Semester 2, 2024.
Mode Of Delivery/Location In-person/Suva
Learning Hours 450 hours, 12 weeks of learning
Credit Points 4 modules, 45 credit points
Admission criteria 3-year community experience, Year 12.

 

This certificate course for pre-degree students is a comprehensive programme designed to provide students with a blend of theoretical grounding, practical skills, community engagement, and data management. Over the course of intensive 4-weeks, students will gain a deep understanding of ecological resilience within the Pasifika region, exploring the robust ecosystems of the Pacific Islands.

Central to this course is the concept of Intemerate Ecological Accounting, which emphasises community interaction and environmental restoration without commodifying nature. The course draws upon biblical basic principles and Pasifika concepts, traditions, and ethics of stewardship in relation to ecology and resilience to provide students with a solid foundation for their learning journey.

 

The course aims to equip students with theoretical knowledge, experience, and practical skills. Through direct engagement with local communities and their environments (human and nature), students will learn data collection and verification methods that honour the biblical injunction on stewardship, indigenous knowledge and scientific inquiry. They will also navigate the ethical considerations pivotal to this field, such as Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC), and Environmental and Social Responsibility (ESR). In addition to academic learning, the course is designed to develop students’ leadership knowledge and skills, enabling them to effectively engage and assist their communities with challenges related to climate and cultural change, and social and development issues, in their communities. By the end of the course, students will have developed a nuanced understanding of the challenges and solutions in maintaining ecological balance in Pasifika. The certificate earned upon completion, attests to their capability in ecological accounting and resilience, preparing them for further academic pursuits or careers in environmental and community stewardship.

 

On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Utilise knowledge, skills and information learned in organising and challenging development projects and or programmes that harm the well-being of local and Pasifika communities.
  2. Organise programme ideas and information to support local consent processes and community projects such as climate change mitigation, social and health, and development projects
  3. Analyse data and propose practical solutions, based on indigenous and faith-based knowledge, that embody short-term and long-term development priorities and goals.
  4. Apply knowledge and skills in Intemerate Accounting to enhance the agency of local and Pasifika communities in the stewardship of their resources.

 

This course is suitable for community development workers; those working community, organisational and national planning; those involved in indigenous resource management; and those working on environmental sustainability and protection, as well as those on whose passion is the protection of indigenous knowledge and ethical traditions.