Environmental Studies (ENVS) 200
Introduction to Environmental Studies (Revision 3)
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Area of Study: Social Science
Precluded Course: ENVS 252 (ENVS 200 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for ENVS 252.)Challenge for Credit option.
ENVS 200 introduces students to the field of environmental studies and provides them with basic information about a variety of environmental issues, concepts, debates, events, and actors or thinkers. This survey course presents an overview of key concepts related to environmental analysis, such as resilience, carrying capacity, and environmental justice, as well as a range of topics related to contemporary environmental issues such as water, biodiversity, and ecological design. In particular, the course explores the principles of sustainable development and sustainability. Students are introduced to some of the complexity and debate regarding these concepts and are required to critically engage in applying the concepts. The course also introduces students to critical interdisciplinary analysis and provides opportunities to develop and refine such skills.
- Unit 1: Critical Interdisciplinary Thinking
- Unit 2: Sustainable Development and Sustainability
- Unit 3: Biodiversity
- Unit 4: Energy and Climate Change
- Unit 5: Water
- Unit 6: Forests
- Unit 7: Food and Agriculture
- Unit 8: Pollution and Waste
- Unit 9: Ecological Design and Urban Sustainability
- Unit 10: Environmental Management
- Unit 11: Environmental Education
- Unit 12: The Consumer Society and Environmental Citizenship
The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Browne, M. Neil and Stuart M. Keeley. Asking the Right Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking (10th ed). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2012. Print.
A print version of the eText can sometimes be purchased from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.
All other learning resources will be available online.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, and intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.
Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 3, December 10, 2013.
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Updated December 06 2018 by Student & Academic Services