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ES Syllabus Fall 2009 Modified 11_15

ES Syllabus Fall 2009 Modified 11_15 - Environmental...

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- 1 - Environmental Studies – T07.5005 – King New York University Liberal Studies Program Fall 2009 Professor: Casey King Office: 726 Broadway, 6 th Floor, Room 607 Blackboard Website: http://home.nyu.edu - Academics tab E-mail: [email protected] , Phone: 212.992.9042 Lecture: Silver 501 Lab: 48 Cooper Sq Rm 202 Office Hours: M and W 3:30-5:30, or by appointment (send email) Course Objectives: This course is an exploration of the earth as a total ecosystem and the effects of human behavior on its future well-being. We will begin by looking at the basics of ecology and ecosystems, then move into human population and our needs and impacts. Course Readings: To purchase: Botkin, Daniel and Edward Keller. Essential Environmental Science . Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons, 2008. Diamond, Jared. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed . New York, NY: Penguin Group, 2005. Links to additional required readings will be available on the Blackboard site for this course: Benedick, Richard Elliot. from Ozone Diplomacy: New Directions in Safeguarding the Planet . Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1998. Craig, David J. “Can We Talk About Overpopulation?” Columbia Summer 2009: 30-37. http://www.columbia.edu/cu/alumni/Magazine/Summer2009/feature4.html Flavin, Christopher and Seth Dunn. from “Reinventing the Energy System” in Lester R. Brown, et al. State of the World, 1999: A Worldwatch Institute Report on Progress Toward a Sustainable Society . New York, NY: W. W. Norton, 1999. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, from “Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis” http://www.aaas.org/news/press_room/climate_change/media/4th_spm2feb07.pdf Pollan, Michael. “Farmer in Chief.” New York Times Magazine . October 12, 2008: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/12/magazine/12policy-t.html Wilson, E.O. from “The Current State of Biological Diversity.” in Biodiversity . Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1998. Course Requirements: 1. This class will meet three times each week. On Monday and Wednesday morning we will meet for “lecture” in Silver 501. At 2:00 p.m. on either Monday (for 9:30 class) or Wednesday (for 8:00 class) we will meet either at a field trip site or in a computer lab room (48 Cooper Square, Room 202) for lab sessions. Note: You must be registered for both the lecture and the lab portions of this class. The lab component of this course includes several field trips, in-class group activities, and a group presentation. After each field trip, you will create a blog that will include any photos or videos from your experience. The blog will focus on several critical thinking questions related to
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- 2 - the site and the topics we cover in class. More details about the lab assignments and the grading policies will be discussed in class. 2. Consistent attendance is expected, and attendance and homework records will be
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