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COURSE NUMBER: ENVS 300
COURSE TITLE: Humankind and the Biosphere
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Harry Spaling
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 2 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is a discussion of humankind's place in nature and of its responsibility for other organisms, the environment and resources.

Prerequisites: 3 credits of natural science
REQUIRED TEXTS: Norman Myers and Scott E. Spoolman 2014. Environmental Issues & Solutions: A Modular Approach. Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning, Belmont, CA
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
ENVS Seminar Journal25%
Resume & Interview Assignment10%
Term tests (3)50%
Active participation15%
100%
COURSE OBJECTIVES: We will enter the “university of creation” and continue (because you have already started!) a lifelong education of being aware of and learning from human interactions with the creation so that we may become better caretakers of it.  Specifically, you will:
  • Survey the local, regional, and global impact of human interactions with the environment, natural resources and other organisms.
  • Explore the ethical dimensions of these interactions and discover how a stewardship ethic speaks to these issues.
  • Develop critical thinking skills relative to human-environment interactions.
COURSE OUTLINE:
  • Sustainability
  • Population
  • Urbanization
  • Food resources
  • Renewable energy
  • Nonrenewable energy
  • Water resources
  • Water pollution
  • Air pollution
  • Climate change
  • Waste
  • Species Extinction
SEMINAR OUTLINE:
  • Biblical principles for creation care
  • Field trip: Urban natural spaces: Larch Sanctuary
  • Field trip: Farmland in the urban fringe: Pave it or preserve it?
  • Internship workshop #1: Resumes & cover letters (Nancy Burford) 
  • Select a position for your mock interview
  • Internship workshop #2: Role-play interview (Nancy Burford) 
  • Submit cover letter and resume for selected position 
  • Mock interviews
  • Field trip: Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Video: Sun come up
  • "Last chance to see" Guest: Dr Joanne Moyer
  • Field trip: Edmonton Waste Management Centre.
  • Video: Between heaven & earth


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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