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Revision Date: 12-Jun-18

ENV-1230-VA01Z - Current Environmental Issues


Synonym: 179309
Location: St. Albans
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Accelerated Section: This course has special meeting dates and times. See comments below or consult VSC Web Services - Search for Sections in the VSC portal for specific dates and times. If you have any questions call the site office offering the course.
Semester Dates: 08-20-2018 to 08-24-2018
Last day to drop without a grade: 08-06-2018 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 08-22-2018 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Matthew Davis | View Faculty Credentials
Open Seats/Section Limit: 11/16 (as of 07-19-18 11:20 PM)
This section meets the following General Education Requirement(s):
Global Perspective/Sustainability
Scientific Method
    Note
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please see consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description:

This course investigates the science that underpins environmental issues. It also analyzes these issues from a variety of different perspectives, including the legal, ethical, political, sociological, and economic considerations that combine to shape our understanding of environmental issues and their possible solutions.

Essential Objectives:

1. Examine the scientific research behind environmental issues.
2. Investigate environmental and natural resource management issues on the regional, national and global scale as they relate to forestry, mining, wildlife, and recreation.
3. Examine the relationship between the scientific study of environmental issues and the creation and enforcement of environmental policy and regulation.
4. Examine the division of jurisdiction and environmental management responsibility between federal, state, and local government.
5. Discuss the socio-cultural and ethical influences that shape our understanding of environmental issues.
6. Analyze how politics and economics influence the ways that environmental problems develop and how we respond to environmental issues.
7. Analyze the accuracy with which environmental issues are reported in a variety of sources and discuss why widely different perspectives on the same environmental issues are reported.
8. Discuss the origins of national environmental laws and evaluate the processes that create international treaties (including The Clean Air and Water Acts, NEPA, Endangered Species Act, The Paris Accord, and The Kyoto and Montreal Protocols).
9. Demonstrate proficiency in applying, interpreting, evaluating, and extrapolating quantitative data.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

There will be a pre-assignment for this course which will involve some reading and analysis questions.  This assignment will be posted in Moodle and emailed to students one week prior to the start of class.

Methods:

This course is intended to allow students to better understand some of our major current environmental issues. Therefore, the teaching methods employed in this course will provide opportunities for students to explore these issues first hand.  Because of the intensive format of this course we will be doing a wide range of activities during our week of class.  Field trips will be weather dependent, but do plan to be outdoors for a majority of the week.  Also, attendance will be critical.
 
Learning Activities
 
  • -Lectures
  • -Labs
  • -Field trips
  • -Observation and data collection
  • -Data analysis
  • -Written and oral presentations
  • -Discussions
  • -Group projects
  • -Scientific research project
  • -Required readings
  • -Current issue analysis
 

Evaluation Criteria:

-Attendance and class participation and preparation - 30%

-Field work and labs - 20%

-Projects - 25%

-Scientific research project - 25%

Textbooks:

Fall 2018 textbook data will be available on June 4. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

ENV-1230-VA01Z Textbooks.

The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Matthew Davis
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Aimee Loiter

Attendance Policy:

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential components of a student's success in college and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. Please be aware that missing more than two (2) classes will result in a non-satisfactory grade. A pattern of late arrival or early departure will constitute absence at the instructor's discretion

Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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