Syllabus


Update 5/19/2022


ENVS 110: Introduction to Environment & Sustainability
Spring Semester 2022: ENVS 110: Introduction to Environment & Sustainability meets MWF

Section 1 @ 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM  in 207 SCSC
Section 2 @ 1:10 PM – 2:00 PM  in 207 SCSC

Instructor: Dr. John Krygier
Office: Schimmel-Conrades Science Center 206
Office Hours: MWF 11:00-2 or email me for other times
jbkrygier@owu.edu | http://krygier.owu.edu

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 (3rd edition). Wiley/Blackwell 2022.
E-Book: [update if 3rd edition is available as e-book]

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: Keywords (see schedule)

Subscribe to ENVS 110 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 110 Intro to E&S

Subscribe to the OWU Academic Calendar

  1. On your computer, open Google Calendar.
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  3. Copy & paste this address in the Add calendar field, where prompted:
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  4. Press Enter. The calendar will appear on the left side under “Other calendars” as Academic Calendar – OWU.