COURSE TITLE: Becoming Environmental Citizens: University and Beyond
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 0 - hrs sem 3 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course provides students with opportunities to reflect back on their university experience, including their internship (ENVS 490), and look forward to their life and work after they graduate. Class activities explore aspects of environmental vocations and the application of an environmental worldview in various facets of life. An emphasis is placed on developing soft skills, peer mentorship and evaluation, and professional development.

Prerequisites: Completed internship in Environmental Studies
REQUIRED READING: Education for Sustainability
  • Orr, David W. 2004. “What is Education for?” Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect. Washington: Island Press, 7-15.
  • Wals, Arjen E. J. 2011. Learning our Way to Sustainability. Journal of Education for Sustainable Development 5 (2):177-186. 
Team Work and Leadership 
  • Parker, Glenn M. 2008. “What Makes a Team Effective or Ineffective.” Team Players and Teamwork: New Strategies for Developing Successful Collaboration, Second Edition. San Francisco: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 13-68. 
  • Zander, Rosamund Stone, and Benjamin Zander. 2000. “Leading from Any Chair.” The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life. New York: Penguin Books, 66-77. 
Conflict and Ethics
  • Clarke, Jane. 2012. “Understanding and Handling Conflict.” Savvy: Dealing with People, Power and Politics at Work. London: Kogan Page, 103-120.
  • Rayman, Paula M. 2001. “Social Responsibility.” Beyond the Bottom Line: The Search for Dignity at Work. New York: Palgrave, 81-106. 
Advocacy, Activism, and Institutional Change
  • Popovic, Srdja. 2015. Blueprint for Revolution: How to Rice Pudding, Lego Men, and other Nonviolent Techniques to Galvanize Communities, Overthrow Dictators, and Simply Change the World. New York: Spiegel & Grau.(on reserve) 
  • Cox, Robert, and Phaedra C. Pezzullo. 2016. “Advocacy Campaigns and Message Construction.” In: Environmental Communication and the Public Sphere, 4th Edition. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, Inc., 91-117.
Environmental Professional
  • Van Dyke, Fred. 1998. “What Is a Christian Environmental Professional?” Caring for Creation – Faith and the Environmental Professional. Conference Proceedings, 22-36.
  • Cassio, Jim, and Alice Rush. 2009. “What is a Green Career  and Where are the Green Jobs?” In: Green Careers: Choosing Work for a Sustainable Future. Gabriola Island: New Society Publishers.
  • ECO Canada. 2017. “Environmental Career Profiles.”
Work, Life, and Gender
  • Alvesson, Mats, and Yvonne Due Billing. 2009. “Introduction: The Many Faces of Gender and Organization.” Understanding Gender and Organizations. Los Angeles: Sage, 1-19. 
  • Schulte, Brigid. 2014. “The Stalled Gender Revolution.” Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time. Toronto: HarperCollins Publishers. 
Faith vs. Environment
  • Zaleha, Bernard Daley, and Andrew Szasz. 2015. “Why Conservative Christians Don’t Believe in Climate Change.” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 71 (5):19-30.
  • Berry, Wendell. 1993. “Christianity and the Survival of Creation.” In: Sex, Economy, Freedom, and Community. New York: Pantheon Books, 93-116. 
  • Orr, David W. 2011. “Hope (in a Hotter Time).” In: Hope Is an Imperative: The Essential David Orr. Washington, DC: Island Press, 324-332. 
  • Boyd, David R. 2015. “From Optimism to Action.” The Optimistic Environmentalist: Progressing Toward a Greener Future. Toronto: ECW Press, 187-203. 
Internship Paragraph5%
Internship Presentation15%
Biography Discussion20%
Personal Ethic Paper30%
COURSE OBJECTIVES: This is a fourth-year, capstone course in the Environmental Studies curriculum.  The course builds on your internship experience, and university education to date, to further develop competence and readiness for an environmental career. 
At the completion of this course, you should have:
  • Enhanced career readiness through an understanding of the environmental profession. 
  • Applied stewardship principles and your professional knowledge and skills to a specific environmental problem through a team-based consulting project. 
  • Developed an applied understanding of biblical environmental stewardship. and
  • Demonstrated skill in developing effective oral/ visual presentations and peer evaluation
This course follows a seminar format. We will employ an interactive learning approach using readings, class discussion, presentations and research projects. You will actively participate in, and also lead, various learning activities in the course.
  • Course Introduction
  • Education for Sustainability
  • Internship Paragraph Workshop
  • Team Work
  • Leadership
  • Group Project Workshop: Proposal 
  • Jasper Field Trip
  • Internship Presentations
  • Conflict Management
  • Ethics
  • Group Project Workshop: Progress Report 1
  • Advocacy and Activism 
  • Institutional Change – Guest: John Wood
  • Environmental Biographies Discussion
  • Group Project Workshop: Progress Report 2
  • Environmental Professional
  • Environmental Professional – ECO Canada, Nancy Burford
  • Environmental Ethics Paper Workshop
  • Funding and Finances 
  • Work, Life, and Gender
  • Group Project Workshop: Draft Product
  • Faith vs. Environment
  • Hope

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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