Introduction to Environmental Studies ()

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  • 1.Introduction to Environmental Sociology (ENS216) Mgr. Benjamin Vail, M.Sc. Autumn 2007
  • 2.Environmental Studies Department e-learning program Cooperation with Lillehammer University College (HiL) in Norway Started in 2005 First e-learning course in Autumn 2007
  • 3.THANKS TO: Ing. Zbyněk Ulčák, Ph.D. Jana Kačurová Lukáš Krempaský Ing. Pavlína Večeřová Very helpful and responsive support from FSS staff
  • 4.Purpose To make course available to MU and HiL students To make the course content interesting and educational by use of multimedia
  • 5.This semester 14 students registered All MU students 9 participate regularly
  • 6.Course content Interactive syllabus Multimedia lectures (PowerPoint) Written literature Videos Online Streaming Weekly quiz Weekly essay
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  • 8.Multimedia lectures Present themes of environmental sociology Based on course textbook Based on existing lecture materials
  • 9.Multimedia lectures Process: Started with existing lecture notes Created PowerPoint slides Recorded lecture over the slides Saved as “PowerPoint show” and uploaded
  • 10.Multimedia lectures Use of text, graphics, animation: Examples
  • 11.In Part 1 What is environmental sociology? Goal of class – to introduce: Topics Theories Methods of research
  • 12.Eco-centric Anthropocentric Spectrum of environmental concern and activism Sustainable Development Radical change Market-based solutions Deep ecology Conservationists, Hunters Environment Ministry
  • 13.Development of environmentalism Rising awareness National legislation First Earth Day: 1970
  • 14.US environmental history Conservation movement: Preserve wilderness and natural resources from industry Nature – “the Frontier” – seen as part of US national identity Nation defined by struggle to tame the continent & spread civilization in the wilderness
  • 15.Competing social functions of the environment Global carrying capacity About 1900 Today Living Space Supply Depot Waste Repository Supply Depot (Hannigan 2006:19; Dunlap 1997) Waste Repository Living Space
  • 16.Spatial and demographic analysis
  • 17.Multimedia lectures Example of a narrated slide show: Environmental health risks and pesticides
  • 18.Health and the environment Pesticides Threaten environment and people Examples: insecticides, fungicides “Interaction effects”
  • 19.Pesticides and pollution Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) Harm Eskimo health & culture Biomagnification Bioaccumulation
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  • 21.Pesticides and pollution Rich can afford organic food and to live in places less affected by pollution Bell: “vanity food”
  • 22.Evaluation of students Weekly quiz Online Weekly essay 500-750 words Final essay At end of semester
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  • 24.Student feedback November mid-term survey: Satisfied with course Technology not hard to use Mixed reviews of lectures
  • 25.Practical advice Pedagogy: It takes a long time to prepare PowerPoint lectures Use a template Don’t put too much information on one slide Survey students to ask what works
  • 26.Practical advice Technology: Keep it simple Translate all ISMU pages to English
  • 27.Thank you foryour attention! Any questions?