Graeme George – A Permaculture Syllabus for South-eastern Australia
The Syllabus has been progressively developed since 1994 as a resource for extended PDC’s over 100 contact hours, with a bio-regional focus on south-eastern Australia and more time devoted to energy, ecological processes and landscape reading than can be covered on a traditional 72 hour course.
In 2014 the Permaculture Educators Guild was formed in south-eastern Australia to oversee development of the Syllabus and other curriculum materials. Recent re-structuring has included a focus on the Design Process following David Jacke’s methodology, arrangement of the application topics under David Holmgren’s domains and pairing of application topics to provide an overview/analysis of the current situation in each area before discussing permaculture solutions.
The current version attempts to identify the Core Topics that should be covered on every PDC world-wide and offers definitions of permaculture terms and practices towards development of a universal pattern language. In recognition of the diversity of teaching styles and learning processes the Syllabus is about WHAT is taught on a PDC not HOW the material is taught.