This upper-level course is a Web seminar offering special topics in environmental studies for
in-depth study. Students focus on topics that are important to Canadians: the impacts of
population and pollution on global climate change and the effects of exploiting our natural
resources. Emphasis is placed on water, energy, and biodiversity and on the attempts to balance
the impact of our activities with the environment's capacity to absorb them. This course is
suitable for learners completing degrees in a number of discipline areas including science,
engineering, humanities, social science, business or general studies.
After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Develop a reason and science-based approach to assessing environmental issues.
- Critically analyze information to make informed judgments about Canadian and global
- Communicate effectively with learners from a variety of academic and professional
backgrounds, including presenting ideas in writing.
- Demonstrate a greater awareness of the importance of active citizenship.
- Adopt and demonstrate a critical but receptive attitude toward alternative perspectives on
- Find and assess validity and reliability of environmental information on the Internet.
- Think and read critically about key environmental issues.
- Synthesize data into information and knowledge to critically assess a situation or problem
and identify potential actions and outcomes.
- Identify your environmental values.
- Module 1: Key Concepts--Introduction, Social Approaches, Physical and Biological
- Module 2: Sustainability--Sustainable Development, Sustainable Communities
- Module 3: Global Sustainability--Population, Climate Change
- Module 4: Natural Resources--Water, Air Pollution and Quality, Energy, Biodiversity, Food
Required text and materials
There is no course textbook, as students will be directed to a variety of current web resources
and articles from the TRU Library article databases. Students will also be required to do their
own research for the major topic.
Computer with Internet access.
To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on
the overall course, and 50% on the mandatory final project.
|Assignment 1: Online Discussion Posts: First six posts
|Assignment 2: Online Discussion Posts: Last seven posts
|Assignment 3: Essay
|Final Project *
Open Learning Faculty Member
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is
through Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary
contact information at the start of the course.