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People and the Environment

Bemidji State University

Spring Semester 2010 [Tuesday, 8:30-9:45 AM, HS 107]

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 and a final exam given in large group 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 occasional writing exercises. The large-group work will comprise 50 % of the course grade (15% first exam, 15% final exam, 10% large-group activities and 10% service learning project - at least two hours) and the other 50% will be based on small-group work. 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 Office Small Group
Wendy Greenberg Biology wgreenberg
755-2477 S218J Th 8:30-9:45 am S 205
Drago Bilanovic ENVS dbilanovic 755-2801 S 107 T 10:10-11:25 am S 201
Kathryn Smith Education ksmith 755-3774 EA418 ???

Back to Course Home Syllabus & Reading Assignments
(Read chapters prior to large group session!!)
Teaching Team
Week Date Reading (9th Edn.) Focus Coordinator
1 12 Jan Ch. 1 Environmental Problems, Causes and Sustainability Team, Bilanovic
2 19 Jan Ch2.

Science Principles and Sustainability

Greenberg, Bilanovic

3 26 Jan Chapter 14


Smith (Welle)
4 2 Feb Chapter 3

Evolution and Biodiversity

Greenberg, Smith
5 9 Feb Chapter 4 Community Ecology, Population Ecology, Human Population Smith, Greenberg
6 16 Feb Chapter 5

Sustaining Biodiversity: The Species Approach

Greenberg, Bilanovic

7 23 Feb Chapter 6

Sustaining Biodiversity: The Ecosystem Approach

Smith, Greenberg
8 2 Mar

1-6, 14

(9th edn. 1-6, 14)

Midterm Exam

* 8-12 Mar Spring Break
9 16 Mar Chapter 7

Food, Soil & Pest Management

Greenberg, Bilanovic
10 23 Mar Chapter 8

Water Resources & Water Pollution

Bilanovic, Greenberg
11 30 Mar Chapter 9

Nonrenewable Energy

Smith, Bilanovic
12 6 Apr Chapter 10

Renewable Energy

Bilanovic, Smith

13 13 Apr Chapter 11

Environmental Hazards / Toxicology

Greenberg, Bilanovic

14 20 Apr Chapter 12 Climate Change, Ozone Depletion & Air Pollution
Bilanovic, Greenberg
15 27 Apr Chapter 13 Solid & Hazardous Waste Bilanovic, Greenberg
Final Exam -- May 5, from 8-10 a.m., HS 107-- Study Questions