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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. Environmental issues such as population, climate change, air and water pollution, energy and biodiversity are discussed with global and Canadian applications.

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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