Fall 2023 - REM 100 D100
Global Change (3)
Class Number: 5411
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2023: Mon, 2:30–4:20 p.m.
Oct 10, 2023: Tue, 2:30–4:20 p.m.
Exam Times + Location:
Dec 9, 2023
Sat, 8:30–11:30 a.m.
The Earth is experiencing the most dramatic environmental changes it has for thousands of years. How did we end up here? Provides an interdisciplinary perspective on the forces behind our ever-increasing environmental footprint. Highlights how ideologies and societal structures have shaped how we interact with the environment and explores the necessary changes for a more sustainable future. Breadth-Social Sciences.
This course provides students with an overview of global environmental change and its causes from a social science perspective, historically and at the present time. Population growth, an increasing ecological footprint and changes in ideology, social organization, economy and technology will be critically reviewed. New ways of thinking in natural and social science will be considered in relation to specific issues such as land, soil and food; energy, raw materials and solid waste; air pollution and transportation; water, oceans and fisheries; climate change; forestry and biodiversity; urbanization, and alternative futures.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
Once you complete this course you will be able to:
- Define and explain some major global environmental issues, their causes, and consequences.
- Critically evaluate the strengths and drawbacks of ways for dealing with these issues.
- Apply course concepts to real-world environmental problems (for example, in the media)
- Challenge your own assumptions regarding environmental issues, and understand/develop your personal values
- Feel empowered with knowledge and ways to act to address global change issues.
- Tutorial 30%
- Assignment 20%
- Midterm Exam 20%
- Final Exam 30%
A number of online (electronic) readings including reports, journal articles and several newspaper/magazine articles will be made available on CANVAS.
REQUIRED READING NOTES:
Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: YOUR WORK, YOUR SUCCESS
SFU’s Academic Integrity website http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.
Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the university community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the university. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the university. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html
Students with a faith background who may need accommodations during the semester are encouraged to assess their needs as soon as possible and review the Multifaith religious accommodations website. The page outlines ways they begin working toward an accommodation and ensure solutions can be reached in a timely fashion.