Syllabi

ENVS 110 (100.1): Introduction to Environment & Sustainability
Update 7/19/2019
Fall Semester 2019: MWF 11-11:50am @ 207 Schimmel-Conrades Science Center
Instructor: Dr. John Krygier
Office: Schimmel-Conrades Science Center 206
jbkrygier@owu.edu | http://krygier.owu.edu
Sustainability & Environment at OWU Blog: http://sustainability.owu.edu
Library Resources: https://library.owu.edu/ENVS110/home

Course Description: This course explores ways to understand interactions between our social and natural worlds. 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 basic social science background for upper-level courses in the Environmental Studies and Environmental Science major, along with BOMI 233: Ecology and the Human Future (natural science). 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 course project that reveals their understanding of course content, culminating in a presentation of results. This project can look at a local issue, such as water runoff or recycling or green energy, or focus on a particular environmental object – invasive plants, Canadian geese, feces, carbon from air travel, or microplastics, for example. Students will develop an overview of their topic, then show how concepts and theories, learned in class, help to understand and explain the complexities of environmental issues. Projects will be presented during the final weeks of the semester. Social science. Suggested for first semester freshmen interested in E&S and related majors. Open to all freshmen & sophomores. No prerequisites. ENVS 198 (.25 credit) should be taken with this course by new program majors.

ENVS 198 (100.2)/498 (400.1): Conversations Toward a Sustainable Future (0.25, taken freshman [198] and senior [498] year). A combined cornerstone (198) / capstone (498) course which affords an opportunity for new Environmental Studies and Environmental Science majors and graduating seniors to interact and 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 help guide new students to shape their plans for future work in their majors at OWU. Freshmen will also engage with other E&S faculty, campus staff (B&G, AVI), City of Delaware employees, regional NGOs, and other environmental professionals. Freshman E&S majors live together in the E&S Themed Community residential floor, leading to living-learning opportunities for E&S majors. ENVS 198 should be taken with either ENVS 110 or BOMI 233 by new majors. See more information below.

Course texts:
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

Learning Goals

1. Understand core social science concepts and theories of environment and sustainability (readings & lectures)
2. Understanding the relationship between concepts and theories and a specific environmental issue
culminating in a presentation at the end of the semester (assessment of presentation)
3. Familiarity with environmental and sustainability issues in Delaware, Ohio and on campus
4. Engagement with other Environment & Sustainability peers, upperclassmen, faculty, and staff as well as community members.

Evaluation

Course Readings & Lectures: written notes & thoughts/questions/ideas shared via ?

  • 10 pts. per chapter for 17 chapters = 170 pts

Course Project

  • 100 pts: Chapter Review grade
  • 100 pts: Sources and Annotated Bibliography grade
  • 100 pts: Project Presentation grade
  • 100 pts: Project Synthesis and revisions and improvement

Attendance: Attendance will be taken and course grade may be lowered for unexcused absences

 


ENVS 198 (100.1)/498 (400.1): Conversations Toward a Sustainable Future
Fall Semester 2019: W 12-12:50pm @ 207 Schimmel-Conrades Science Center
Instructor: Dr. John Krygier
Office: Schimmel-Conrades Science Center 206
jbkrygier@owu.edu | http://krygier.owu.edu
Sustainability & Environment at OWU Blog: http://sustainability.owu.edu

Course Description: ENVS 198/498: Conversations Toward a Sustainable Future (0.25) taken freshman year (ENVS 198) with ENVS 110: Introduction to Environment & Sustainability or BOMI 233 Ecology and the Human Future, and senior year (ENVS 498) by senior E&S majors. A combined cornerstone (198) / capstone (498) course which 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 help guide new students to shape their plans for future work in their majors at OWU. Freshmen 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 on environmental issues will be assigned to stimulate discussion. Freshman E&S majors may choose to live together in the E&S Themed Community residential floor, leading to living-learning opportunities for E&S majors. 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 Goals: ENVS 198

  • 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 working projects each student has a longer- term interest in pursuing (via independent study, Summer Science, externships / internships, STAP position, OWU Connection Opportunities).
  • Development of a living-learning community based on interaction with other Environment & Sustainability peers, upperclassmen, faculty and staff as well as community members.

Learning Goals: ENVS 498

  • Articulation, through presentations and written material, of E&S related coursework, research, experiences, outcomes, and future goals, resulting in a personal OWU E&S Achievement document and Goals for the Future document.
  • Sharing this 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
  • Networking via connecting new E&S students with E&S community on campus, faculty, staff and regional partners
  • Feedback on the OWU E&S program and ideas for modifications or developments of the program