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2150_course_outline - FACULTY OF ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES York...

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FACULTY OF ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES York University BES Program UNDERGRADUATE COURSE SYLLABUS Course : ENVS 2150 3.0 Term : Fall 2011 Calendar Description This course introduces the various technical, socio-political and philosophical issues associated with the concept of sustainable society. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of the complex relationship between humans, technology, nature, ideology and the social infrastructure. Prerequisite Degree Credit Exclusion: ENVS 2150 3.0 is not open to Environmental Studies students who intend to enrol in ENVS 2100 6.0. Course Director Myles Wieselman [email protected] Office: HNES 228 Course Consultation Hours: Wednesday 2:00-3:30pm Teaching Assistants Alison Baker and Melanie Bennett Course Consultation Hours: TBA Course Management For this course, the course directors and teaching assistants form a teaching team. The lectures provide the broader conceptual framework and necessary background within which the tutorial discussions/debates and assigned work can be situated. Time and Location Lectures: Wednesdays 4-7 p.m. Room: SLH B Tutorials Wednesdays 6-7 (last 6 weeks) Note: Teaching Assistants have been directed NOT to accept students into a tutorial unless they have formally registered in that section. Purpose and Objectives of the Course The overall purpose of this course is to introduce the various technical, socio-political and philosophical issues involved in the development of a sustainable society. Particular emphasis is 1
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directed towards the analysis of the complex relationships between human beings, technology, nature, ideology and the social infrastructure. Selected case studies and current issues that lie at the boundaries of environment, technology and society will be used to illustrate theoretical and conceptual principles and will serve as the basis for informed discussion and debate. A second objective of this course is to satisfy the Accreditation Criteria and Procedure Requirements of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers which states that engineering curriculum must include: “studies on the impact of technology on society, and subject matter that deals with central issues, methodologies and thought processes of the humanities and social sciences” (Section 2.2.5). Furthermore, the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers notes that there must be “appropriate exposure” to such topics as: “sustainable development and environmental stewardship” which “must be an integral component of the engineering curriculum” (Section 2.2.8). Organization of the Course The formal lecture presentations will provide the conceptual framework for understanding the relationship between humans, environment, technology and sustainable society. The tutorial sessions will provide the opportunity for peer interaction, allow for further expansions on the concepts learned in the lectures and readings, allow for the discussion of cases and to debate
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