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People and the Environment

Bemidji State University


Spring Semester 2011 -- Afternoon Session
[Tuesday, 2:00-3:15 PM, HS 112]

Course Format

The interdisciplinary survey of environmental issues will be provided in large group meetings. The approach will be problem solving oriented in that environmental problems will be identified and related causes, implications, and principles will be evaluated. Some of the problems will be addressed as case studies from various disciplinary perspectives and others will be presented as panel discussions, role-playing exercises, and student interaction. In all cases, integrative thinking will be emphasized through interactions between students and members of the interdisciplinary teaching team.

The small-group sections will emphasize a more disciplinary perspective. The small-group setting will be more conducive to discussion, interaction, and collaboration in accord with the goals of the liberal education experience. Critical thinking and values clarification will also be enhanced by the blend of the interdisciplinary lecture and small-group meeting. Small groups will meet for 75 minutes per week as noted in the Teaching Team box below.

Grading & Exams

There will be a midterm (15%) and a final exam (15%) based on the readings and large-group lectures. Exams will be prepared by the teaching team and will consist of both multiple choice and short essay questions. A regular feature of the large-group meetings will be a writing exercise (10%). The remainder of your large group grade (10%) will be based on a written description of an individual service learning project. The remaining 50% of your grade will be based on small-group assignments and participation in discussions and other small-group activities. Assignments of additional work and grading of student performance in small-groups will be the responsibility of the instructor of the departmental section in which students are enrolled. Regular attendance in both large-group and small-group is expected.

Teaching Team and Contact Information
Instructor Perspective Send e-mail to Phone 755- Office Small Group
Erika Bailey-Johnson ENVS/Global Pollution ebaileyjohnson 2560 Lower HMU Th 2:00-3:15 S205
Wendy Greenberg Biology wgreenberg 2477 S218J Th 10:00-11:15 S203
James White Health jwhite 2766 PE 204 Th 2:00-3:15 DH111
Back to Course Home Draft Syllabus & Reading Assignments
(Read chapters prior to large group session!!)
Week Date Reading Focus
1 11 Jan Class Introduction, Chapter 1 Sustainability
2 18 Jan Chapter 2 Science, Matter and Energy
3 25 Jan Chapter 14 Worldviews, Economics, Politics
4 1 Feb Chapter 3 Biodiversity and Evolution
5 8 Feb Chapter 4

Ecology and Population

6 15 Feb Chapters 5 and 6

Sustaining Biodiversity

7 Feb 22 Chapter 7 Food and Soil
8 1 Mar

Midterm Exam

Study Questions

Jeopardy Review

Chapter 1-7, 14

* 7-11 Mar Spring Break Week -- No Class
9 15 Mar Chapter 8 Water
10 22 Mar Chapter 9 Nonrenewable Energy
11 29 Mar Chapter 10

Renewable Energy

12 5 Apr Chapter 11 Risk & Human Health
13 12 Apr Chapter 12 Climate Change & Ozone Depletion
14 19 Apr Chapter 13 Urbanization and Waste
15 26 Apr Course Wrap-up Chs. 8-13

Final Exam -- Monday May 2nd, 10:30 -12:30 -- HS 112 Study Questions Jeopardy Review