Syllabi

ENVS 100.1: Introduction to Environment & Sustainability
ENVS 100.2/400.1: Conversations Toward a Sustainable Future (in orange, scroll down)
Update 1/25/2021


ENVS 100.1: Introduction to Environment & Sustainability
Spring Semester 2021: ENVS 100.1: Introduction to Environment & Sustainability meets MWF

Section 1 @ 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM EST  in 207 SCSC or Selby Tent or Zoom.
Section 2 @t 11:50 AM – 12:40 PM EST  in 207 SCSC or Selby Tent or Zoom.

Instructor: Dr. John Krygier
Office: Schimmel-Conrades Science Center 206
Office Hours: MWF 10:30-11:30 or email me for other times.
jbkrygier@owu.edu | http://krygier.owu.edu
Sustainability & Environment at OWU Blog: http://sustainability.owu.edu
Library Resources: https://library.owu.edu/ENVS110/home

This course explores ways to understand interactions between our social and natural worlds within an interdivisional and interdisciplinary framework. Familiarizing students with concepts and theories from environmental geography, political ecology, and related fields is the first major course goal. As such, ENVS 110 provides a basic conceptual background for upper-level courses in the Environmental Studies and Environmental Science major. Campus and the Delaware, Ohio area serves as a point of engagement throughout the semester. Environmental and sustainability issues are everywhere, and understanding how these issues play out on the ground in real places is the second major goal of the course. All students in ENVS 110 will engage in a semester-long project that applies their understanding of course content and has them construct a viable theory-into-practice proposal, with a draft TPG proposal and presentation of results. Students will develop an overview of the context of their topic, assess their environmental values, research and create an annotated bibliography, develop a draft TPG grant, and present their efforts at the end of the semester. This course is a requirement for majors and minors in Environmental Science and Environmental Studies. Open to all students. No prerequisites. ENVS 198 (.25 credit) should be taken with this course by new ENVS majors.

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand core interdivisional/interdisciplinary environmental concepts and theories of environment and sustainability. (readings & lectures)
2. Increase familiarity with environmental and sustainability issues in Delaware, Ohio, and on-campus
3. Understand the relationship between concepts and theories and a specific environmental issue through a process of research for sources, and preparing an annotated bibliography, a draft TPG grant proposal, and presentation. (assessment of each step)
4. Engage with other Environment & Sustainability peers, upperclassmen, faculty, and staff as well as community members.

Course text:
Paul Robbins, John Hintz, and Sarah A. Moore, Environment & Society: A Critical Introduction (2nd edition). Wiley/Blackwell 2014.
E-Book: https://consort.library.denison.edu/record=b5237092~S3

Evaluation

  • 100 pts: Chapter Review & Presentation
  • 100 pts: Sources and Annotated Bibliography
  • 100 pts: Project Proposal & Presentation
  • 100 pts: Project Synthesis & Attendance & Improvement
  • 100 pts: One keyword (your choice) and its definition from each class lecture (17 total; see schedule)

Subscribe to ENVS 100.1 Calendar:

  1. On your computer, open Google Calendar.
  2. On the left, next to “Other calendars,” click Add  Addand then Subscribe to calendar.
  3. Copy & paste this address in the Add calendar field, where prompted:
    owu.edu_pgg3cf6e7s9tj6evcbnc69lfk0@group.calendar.google.com
  4. Press Enter. The calendar will appear on the left side under “Other calendars” as ENVS 100.1 Intro to E&S Spring 2021

Subscribe to the OWU Academic Calendar

  1. On your computer, open Google Calendar.
  2. On the left, next to “Other calendars,” click Add  Addand then Subscribe to calendar.
  3. Copy & paste this address in the Add calendar field, where prompted:
    owu.edu_vl2d8chfrg995vsn2rjnossosg@group.calendar.google.com
  4. Press Enter. The calendar will appear on the left side under “Other calendars” as Academic Calendar – OWU.

Spring 2021 Pandemic Version of ENVS 100.1: The Fine Print

Course Delivery: Hybrid. We will meet in person, outside and inside, and Zoom, and sessions will be broadcast live on Zoom if we have off-campus students.

Materials for Course: All digital: This website, the text (which is available as an e-Book), research materials for the course project, and Drive for writing and presenting.

Technology: The internets, Zoom, Drive (Docs and Slides), OWU Library web materials.

Attendance: Via Zoom for virtual attendance and I will document attendance in person. When using Zoom, please turn your camera on (and microphone off, unless you are speaking).

Feeling Sick? Use the Campus Clear app to report symptoms or contact covid19@owu.edu, and self-quarantine until contacted by a university official. Please do not come to in-person meetings if you have any COVID-19 symptoms.

Office Hours: MWF 10:30-11:30 or email me for other times.

Engagement: Whether in-person or virtually, please contact me if you feel that you are not experiencing sufficient engagement. I am happy to work with you to improve your experience.

Academic Integrity Pledge: Write this on a piece of paper, say it out loud, then eat the paper: “I pledge not to engage in cheating, fabricating, facilitating academic dishonesty, or plagiarizing, or the use of unauthorized resources in my classes, I pledge that my work will be done independently unless directed otherwise by my instructor, that my work will be original, and that my work will be my own.”

Sagan Academic Resource Center: Information on the SARC will be presented as part of this course, including the Writing Center. In any case, there is plenty of help (beyond your instructor) if you need it.

Course Accessibility and Disability COVID-19: Accommodations may need to be added or adjusted should this course shift from an on-campus to a remote format. Students with disabilities should make sure that they are registered with Disability Services and speak with their instructor.

Diversity and Inclusion: Ohio Wesleyan University considers the diversity of its students, faculty, and staff to be a strength essential to its liberal educational mission and Statement of Aims. Every member of the university community is expected to contribute to an inclusive and respectful culture for all in its classrooms, work environments, and at campus events. If there are aspects and/or experiences within this course that result in barriers to your inclusion or accurate assessment of achievement, please notify the instructor as soon as possible.

Needs Statement: I urge any student who has difficulty affording books, food, or other necessities, or who lacks a safe and stable place to live, to contact the Dean of Students, Dwayne Todd, at deansoffice@owu.edu or reach out to the Chaplain’s Office at chaplain@owu.edu for support. Furthermore, please notify the professor if you are comfortable in doing so.


ENVS 100.2/400.1: Conversations Toward a Sustainable Future
Spring Semester 2021: Tu 6:30-7:30pm @ Zoom
Instructors: Dr. Laurel Anderson & Dr. John Krygier

email: ljanders@owu.edu
Anderson Office:
 Off-Campus, Spring 2021

Anderson Office Hours: Please email me to schedule a virtual appointment
email: jbkrygier@owu.edu | http://krygier.owu.edu
Krygier Office:
Schimmel-Conrades Science Center 206

Krygier Office Hours: MWF 10:30-11:30 or email me for other times.

ENVS 100.2/400.1: Conversations Toward a Sustainable Future (0.25) taken freshman/sophomore year (ENVS 100.2) with ENVS 100.1: Introduction to Environment & Sustainability or BOMI 233 Ecology and the Human Future, and senior year (ENVS 400.1) by senior E&S majors

Course Description: A combined cornerstone (198) / capstone (498) course that affords an opportunity for new Environmental Studies and Environmental Science majors and graduating seniors to substantively engage with each other. Seniors will present work completed while at OWU and reflect on the experiences gained in internships, field study, research, and other theory-to-practice opportunities. Seniors will interact with and mentor new majors to shape their plans for future work in their majors at OWU. Freshmen/sophomores will also engage with other E&S faculty, campus staff (B&G, AVI), City of Delaware employees, regional NGOs, and other environmental professionals. Occasional readings, videos, and/or recorded presentations on environmental issues will be assigned for discussion. ENVS 198 should be taken with either ENVS 110 or BOMI 233 by new majors.

Course texts: OWU E&S information, much of it at http://sustainability.owu.edu

Learning Objectives: ENVS 100.2

  • Enhanced and engaged understanding of environmental and sustainability issues in Delaware, Ohio, and on-campus through interaction with upperclassmen, OWU faculty and staff (B&G, AVI, Res Life, etc.), Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MTSO) faculty and staff, and regional practitioners (Delaware Sustainability and Watershed Coordinator, City Utilities, Parks, Delco Water, Preservation Parks, Stratford Ecological Center, etc.).
  • Documentation of progress on defining and refining projects each student has a longer-term interest in pursuing (via independent study, Summer Science, externships/internships, STAP position, OWU Connection Opportunities).
  • Reading and discussion of current environmental issues with peers.

Learning Objectives: ENVS 400.1

  • Articulation, through presentations and written material, of E&S related coursework, research, experiences, outcomes, and future goals, resulting in a reflective personal OWU E&S Achievement document and Goals for the Future document.
  • Sharing accumulated knowledge with new E&S students enrolled in ENVS 198, and assisting the new students to understand options and opportunities to help shape their future at OWU
  • Reading and discussion of current environmental issues with peers
  • Sharing feedback on the OWU E&S program and ideas for modifications or developments of the program with E&S faculty.