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  • ENVR124: Environmental Issues Fall 2010

    Newton 202 TR 10 11:15 a.m.

    Dr. Ren Vasiliev

  • ENVR124: Environmental Issues Fall 2011Professor: Dr. Ren Vasiliev Lectures: TR 1011:15 a.m.Office: 107A Fraser

    Newton 202Phone: 245-5238 (main Geography office) e-mail: vasiliev@geneseo.eduOffice Hours: Mondays 12:30 2 pm;

    Tuesdays 11:30 am 12:45 pm;

    other times by appointment;

    or come see me anytime that my door is open.

    Course Materials are on MyCourses

    Required ReadingsReadings will be posted on MyCourses.

  • Course DescriptionThis introductory course is an interdisciplinary examination of historical and contemporary environmental problems. It examines the impact of human activity on the environment and the complex interrelationships between people and the natural world. It also explores the socioeconomic and political dimensions behind environmental change, and evaluates solutions to various environmental dilemmas.

    Intended Learning OutcomesAfter successful completion of this course, students are expected to: Be familiar with current environmental issues; Understand the development of environmental issues through human actions; Develop critical thinking skills to evaluate the causes of environmental problems and proposed solutions in order to make informed decisions in their own lives.

    Social Science General Education RequirementThis course fulfills one course in the social science general education requirements. The guidelines for social science core courses stress the development of the following characteristics of a responsible member of society: 1) an acquaintance with major empirical, analytical, or theoretical approaches to human behavior, institutions, or culture; 2) an acquaintance with social, economic, political, or moral alternatives; 3) an acquaintance with major problems, issues, institutions, practices, or trends in the social world; and 4) a capacity to express ideas clearly, coherently, and grammatically in written form as one component of the evaluation process. This written work must total at least 1500 words, at least half of which must be prepared outside of class.

  • Physical Environment

  • Human Environment

  • Food Production

    Water Issues

  • Power Creation

  • EvaluationFour (4) exams, each worth 16% of total grade;Two (2) Illustrated Essays of 1000 words each, each worth 16% of total grade (details will be provided in class and on MyCourses);Participation and miscellaneous activities are worth 4% of total grade.

    Grading Scale*A 95-100% (Excellent) C+ 77-79% (Satisfactory)A- 91-94% (Excellent) C 74-76% (Satisfactory)B+ 88-90% (Very Good) C- 70-73% (Minimal Competence)B 84-87% (Very Good) D 65-69% (Marginal)B- 80-83% (Very Good) E below 65% (Failure)*The grade descriptions in parentheses are from the Undergraduate Bulletin.

  • If you can find a copy of this, I recommend it, even though it is from 1997.

    This is not required.

  • Calendar of Events (subject to some flexibility)

    Week Topic1 4Introduction

    Physical Environment

    Human Environment

    Exam #1: Tuesday, September 27

    5 8 Water

    Illustrated Essay #1 due anytime between Monday, October 17, and Friday, October 21; no earlier, no later.

    Exam #2: Thursday, October 27

    9 11 Land and Power

    Exam #3: Thursday, November 17

    12 15 Air and Miscellaneous

    Illustrated Essay #2 due anytime between Monday, December 5, and Friday, December 9; no earlier, no later.

    Exam #4: Thursday, December 15, 8 11 am.