What is this Class?

Update: 8/23/2021

Environmental Studies Program & Environmental Studies Major: first offered in 1978

2017: Environmental Science Major added: Environment & Sustainability Program

  • Environmental Studies vs. Environmental Science (vs Geography) at OWU

Interdisciplinary Program: draws from courses across campus

2021: Department of Environment & Sustainability: Promoted!

  • Two Geography positions explicitly support the program: Dr. Rowley and Dr. Krygier
  • And one Biological Sciences position: Dr. Anderson (Botany, Ecology)
  • plus a dozen other faculty (natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, arts)
    • Interdivisional

More good stuff will be happening in the near future…

Crazy complexity of nature, environment, and human cultural and social interactions

  • Delaware Run

The course touches on a broad array of material that is covered in many other courses at OWU in more detail

Active, engaged pedagogy

  • Theory into practice; practice into theory: OWU Connection-centered course & Department
  • Works well in the context of COVID 19 and the pandemic
    • focus on your project

Importance of different approaches to environment & sustainability (first half of RHM text):

  • concepts that enable action
    • Population & Scarcity
    • Markets & Commodities
    • Institutions & the Commons
    • Environmental Ethics
    • Risks & Hazards
    • Political Economy
    • Social Construction of Nature

Importance of taking one object and understanding its complex context (second half of RHM text)

  • view and environmental object or thing from different approaches to enable action
    • Carbon Dioxide
    • Trees
    • Wolves
    • Uranium
    • Tuna
    • Lawns
    • Bottled Water
    • French Fries
    •  E-Waste

Interdivisional: natural science + social science + humanities + arts (a bit)

Importance of the research process: intellectual skills imparted by a college education: Project, theory into practice

Importance of collaboration: student knowledge and interests, other OWU students, faculty, staff, OWU partners: ENVS 198 (100.1)/498 (400.1)

Lots of steps, parts, due dates: the research process: you are fully capable of managing a relatively complex project

Conscientiousness turns out to be the most important attribute of successful college students and is also important in the workplace (more info).

  • “Conscientiousness implies a desire to do a task well, and to take obligations seriously. Conscientious people tend to be efficient and organized. They exhibit a tendency to show self-discipline, act dutifully, and aim for achievement; they display planned rather than spontaneous behavior; and they are generally dependable.”
  • Less stress
  • course Google calendar (subscribe) – see Syllabus

Review course syllabus, schedule, project

Send me an email (jbkrygier@owu.edu) with the following info:

  • Your Name (preferred name)
  • The course (ENVS 100.1 [and section] and/or ENVS 100.2)
  • Did you sign up for the class calendar? Look over the syllabus, schedule, and project pages?
  • Major (or ideas for major)
  • Year at OWU
  • Hometown (and state or country)
  • Reason for taking this course


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