Syllabi

ENVS 100.1: Introduction to Environment & Sustainability
ENVS 100.2/400.1: Conversations Toward a Sustainable Future (in orange, scroll down)
Update 7/8/2021


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

Section 2 @ 9:00 AM – 9:50 AM EST  in 207 SCSC
Section 1 @t 11:00 AM – 11:50 PM EST  in 207 SCSC

Instructor: Dr. John Krygier
Office: Schimmel-Conrades Science Center 206
Office Hours: MWF 10:00-10:50 or WF 12:00-1pm 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.

ENVS 100.2/400.1 meet together, Mondays at noon in 207 SCSC. 100.2 is for new majors. 400.1 is for graduating majors.


ENVS 100.2/400.1: Conversations Toward a Sustainable Future
Fall Semester 2021: M 12:00-12:50pm in 207 SCSC
Instructors: Dr. John Krygier

email: jbkrygier@owu.edu | http://krygier.owu.edu
Krygier Office: Schimmel-Conrades Science Center 206
Krygier Office Hours: MWF 10:00-10:50 or 12:00-1pm 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.