Environmental Studies/Geog 07
INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL
ENVRN 7/GEOG 7
Spring 2013 Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. - 9:35 p.m. HSS 263
This introductory course will use an interdisciplinary approach to provide students with a broad perspective on environmental problems and solutions. Students will be introduced to the strategies used by scientists, economists, political analysts, and other writers and researchers to investigate and analyze environmental and urban issues, human/nature relationships, natural and built environments, and environmental citizenship.
Environmental Studies 7 is the same course as Geography 7. Students may earn credit for one, but not both.
- Two Required Texts: "Visualizing Environmental Science", Berg, Linda R. and
Mary Hagar, Wiley/National Geographic, 3rd edition 2011 AND...
Worksbook, A Sustainability Primer, Sustainable Works, 2012-13 Update Edition (at 1744 Pearl St) (These Worksbook readings are shown in parenthesis on the schedule.) Payment for this Sustainable Worksbook can be made at: www.sustainableworks.org/smcpay . If you are eligible for financial aid, read the instructions carefully on the web site. Cash will not be accepted.
- Approach: In this course, we study a wide variety of environmental issues, alternating from general to specific and from global to local scales. As we identify environmental problems, we will focus on solutions to those problems.
- Lecture and Class Activities: Class lectures, presentations and activities provide you with important knowledge and skills far beyond the scope of our reading assignments. Attend every class session to enhance your learning experience. We are lucky to have a series of expert guest presenters in some class sessions (see below).
- Contact Info/Office Hours: Feel free to ask for help before or after class, or by appointment. My office is Drescher Hall 314K (you can most likely catch me MW 2:30-3:30 and T 12:45-2 and 5:15-6:15), my phone number is (310) 434-4743 and my e-mail is email@example.com. Web Page: http://homepage.smc.edu/selby_william/
- Outside Field Trips: You are invited to attend our optional field trips. Dates: They include a local one-day trip on Friday March 22, and a full weekend at Morro Bay State Park and the Central Coast on May 3-5. We will explore coastal and mountain landscapes and the forces and processes that are shaping them, including natural and human history. To get details, click Geog 35 on my home page.
- Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
What can students do, think, or know as a result of their studies in this class?
Students will gain a scientific understanding of Earth’s natural systems and cycles. Students will analyze human activity and its impact on Earth’s natural environments. Students will build conceptual foundations of our environmental attitudes, values, and challenges from a variety of perspectives.
What can students do, think, or know as a result of their studies within the more general geography program?
Students will be able to identify spatial patterns and interrelationships between systems and cycles that affect life and shape landscapes. Students will demonstrate cartographic literacy, including map interpretation and, using spatial analysis skills, will be able to analyze, recognize and evaluate spatial distributions on all scales from local to global to become better global citizens.
You will take four exams total, including the final. Each exam will be worth about 100+ points or 25% of your grade of slightly more than 400 total points. These exams are designed as opportunities for you to demonstrate your knowledge of the facts and concepts from assignments and class. Each exam is scored objectively by points and will include a variety of question styles. You will also be working through requirements in our Sustainable Worksbook in and outside the classroom.
YOU MUST NEVER MISS AN EXAM! Dates are on the following class schedule.
Extra Credit/Independent Research
You may benefit from extending your learning experience beyond the scope of this class. Choose a current article out of a book or professional/scientific publication or a web site (no older than 2012) that deals with environmental issues. Read the article and type a one page summary or abstract of that article, attach it to a copy of the article, and hand it in to me. You will find plenty of good journals on line in our library or at others, such as the Santa Monica Public Library and at UCLA. You may earn a maximum of 7 points for each extra credit, but you may complete a maximum of only 4 total extra credit reports for this class. You may submit only one extra credit report in each calendar month of our semester. Last day to hand in your last extra credit is May 21. This is not a requirement, but an option to consider. You may also earn extra credit by completing extra projects or service learning beyond the class requirements and writing a summary of your learning experiences. See me if you have questions.
- YOU are responsible for any changes (adds/drops) made in your schedule.
- Academic Honesty: Honest students are protected in this class. A student who cheats in any way will earn a zero and is subject to serious disciplinary action. See me and consult the SMC Academic Code of Conduct if you need definitions, explanations, or other details about this policy.
- Classroom Conduct: All SMC rules of conduct apply in this class. No food or drink is allowed and no cell phones or any other electronic devices are to be used without instructor's consent.
- Our Schedule below is subject to change, so keep up with our progress!
GENERAL COURSE SCHEDULE TUESDAY NIGHTS, 6:30-9:35
SPRING 2013 HSS 263
Classes Start at 6:30 p.m., with some guest presentations continuing past 8 p.m. . After break, class continues till 9:35 p.m.
- 12: Chapter 1: The Environmental Challenges We Face
- 19: Chapter 2: Sustainability and Human Values and Chapter 3: Environmental Politics and Economics (especially pgs. 59-71).
Sustainable Works: Be Sustainable It Works!
Professionals from Sustainable Works continue to change our lives, businesses, and communities as they grow, showing a greater population in our region how to become more efficient and sustainable.
Then, Chapter 4: Risk Analysis and Environmental Hazards
- 5: EXAM NO. 1 on
all previous readings and presentations.
Then, Chapter 5: How Ecosystems Work and Chapter 6: Ecosystems and Evolution
- 12: NO CLASS. INSTITUTIONAL FLEX DAY
SMC Leads the
Way toward Sustainability
This update from Director of Sustainability Genevieve Bertone and other college leaders will summarize how SMC is becoming a more efficient institution and a better neighbor with projects ranging from transportation to our organic garden.
Then, Chapter 7: Human Population Change and the Environment
and, (Sustainable Worksbook Orientation and Lifestyle Survey)
Chapter 10: Freshwater
Resources and Water Pollution
Then, (Sustainable Worksbook Water Chapter)
Turning Blue: A City's Tale
of Water Independence
Santa Monica is on the cusp of another unprecedented achievement - developing and implementing a plan to become water independent. Water Resource Specialist Kim O’Cain shares the Sustainable Water Master Plan that will help cut our imported water and maximize our own groundwater supplies.
Then, Chapter 8: Air Pollution
Then, (Sustainable Worksbook Energy Chapter)
- 9: NO CLASS - SPRING BREAK
- 16: EXAM NO 2: all
material since March 5.
Then, Chapter 16: Solid and Hazardous Waste
Then, (Sustainable Worksbook Waste Chapter)
Planet, One Purchase at a Time
Join Santa Monica’s Josephine Miller and Karl Bruskotter to discover how our purchasing decisions impact the environment (both locally and around the world) and human health. From computers to food packaging to paper products, how can we adjust our purchasing decisions to limit these impacts?
Then, Chapter 11: The Ocean and Fisheries
Then, (Sustainable Worksbook Chemicals Week)
Chapter 13: Land Resources
Then, (Sustainable Worksbook Transportation/Travel Chapter)
toward Ecological Citizenship
Join Political Science Professor Eric Oifer to learn how and why rooting citizenship in the discourse of nature writing can point the way toward a deliberative and collectively produced ecological democracy.
Then, Chapter 15: Biological Resources
(Reviewing Sustainable Worksbook Chapters and Progress)
- 14: EXAM NO. 3: All
material since April 16.
Then, Chapter 14: Agriculture and Food Resources
Then, (Sustainable Worksbook Shopping/Food Chapter)
Designing the Most Sustainable House
Renowned architect Isabelle Duvivier of Duvivier Architects (winner of the 2012 Outstanding House of the Year) shares her LEED expertise and net zero home and backyard with its reduced footprint and natural setting that includes wildlife habitat.
Then, Chapter 9: Global Climate Changes
Then, (Sustainable Worksbook Wrap Up Chapter)
Chapter 17: Nonrenewable Energy Resources
Chapter 18: Renewable Energy Resources
Current Events, Selected Readings, Special Presentations, Course Summary.
- 4: FINAL EXAM, same time and place.