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Revision Date: 02-Aug-19

ENV-1230-VM02 - Current Environmental Issues

Synonym: 189522
Location: Montpelier
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Hybrid Section: This course meets both online and at the site office. See below or consult VSC Web Services - Search for Sections in the VSC portal for specific dates and times.
Semester Dates: 09-03-2019 to 01-18-2020
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-23-2019 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2019 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Fred Kosnitsky | View Faculty Credentials
Materials/Lab Fees: $2,920.00
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration
This section meets the following General Education Requirement(s):
Global Perspective/Sustainability
Scientific Method
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please 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.

Comments: Study abroad course requires application process & acceptance prior to registration. Visit http:// current-study-abroad-offerings/ for more info. Hybrid course meets at CCV Montpelier 9/14, 10/12, 11/9, 12/14 & 1/18, 10AM-3PM. Travel to Belize 1/4-1/13.

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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.


In this course we will use the following teaching / learning methods:

* course readings, including three main books and other short readings online

* Lectures and discussions on the main themes of the course

* occasional quizzes to reinforce content

* small group discussions, brainstorming sessions, debates, and other activities

* watching selected videos

* guest speaker visits

* reflective writings and short essays submitted online between class sessions

* research project including term paper and presentation to the class

* numerous field activities in Belize and some reflective writings due before final class

Evaluation Criteria:

Students will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

* attendance and punctuality

* class participation both in Vermont and while travelling in Belize

* the quality of written assignments submitted between classes and in class

* the quality of research, writing, and presentation of the research project

* performance on the several quizzes


Fall 2019 textbook data will be available on May 13. 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-VM02 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: Fred Kosnitsky
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Martha Rainville

Attendance Policy:

Students are expected to attend all classes. If a class is missed due to unavoidable circumstances, the instructor must be notified beforehand and the student and the instructor will work out suitable make-up work to cover the missed material.

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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