People and the Environment
The interdisciplinary survey of environmental issues will be provided in interdisciplinary large group sessions. Reading will be intensive and extensive, especially during the first week; plan on a minimum of 2-3 hours per day. 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.
Small-group sessions 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 independently several times per week as determined by the Teaching Team (see box below).
Text as Context
Read the assigned portions of the text prior to coming to class! There will be regular quizzes on key principles in the text each week during a large group meeting. Try to look for basic principles that can shore up your understanding of relevant issues. DON'T GET BOGGED DOWN IN DETAILS! We will spend some time in the large group section highlighting material from the reading and will welcome any specific questions you might have.
Grading & Exams
There will be regular quizzes and large group writing assignments comprising 20% of the overall course grade, 10% of grade will be based on service learning, and 20% based on the final. Quiz questions will be based largely on the vocabulary and review questions at the ends of the chapters in the Miller text as well as from the conceptual questions in the tutorial quizzes on the text's website. In-class writing assignments will be based largely on Critical Thinking problems posed at the end of each chapter and will integrate material from the lectures. The remaining 50% of your grade will be based on small-group assignments and participation in discussions and other 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.
|Back to Course Home||Syllabus
& Reading Assignments
|Weds||May 11||Chapters 1, 14||
Environmental Problems, Causes & Sustainability
Small Group Orientation 11am - 12:10 pm
|Fri||May 13||[Hobson Forest Field Trip]|
Science, Ecological Principles, and Biodiversity
|Tues||May 17||[Field Trip: Transfer Station, wastewater Treatment Facility and ReStore]|
|Weds||May 18||Chapters 5-10|| Sustaining Biodiversity and Natural Resources
Bike Trip to Harmony CoOp., Wild Hare, Goodwill, Pawn USA and Twice But Nice (maybe Farmers' Market)
|Mon||May 23||Chapters 11-13||
Sustaining Environmental Quality
|Tues||May 24||BioHaus Field Trip|
|Weds||May 25||Small Group|
Jeopardy Review 9:00-11 amSmall Group 11 to 12:10
Final Exam 9 - 11 am [Study Questions]
Small Group 11 - 12:10
|Teaching Team and Contact Information|
|Instructor||Department||Send e-mail to||Phone||Office||Small Group|
|Virgil Bakken||MASC||vbakken||3370||BG 204|
|Eric Medberry||ENVR||emedberry||3770||PE 229|