Not too easy. Not too difficult.
If you're considering taking this for NS credit: considering the other NS courses available, this one is manageable to get a B+ in, but you really have to work for that A. If you're considering taking this for the subject matter: fantastic introduction to the subject. Different kinds of assignments and readings that give a great overview of the content.
Vidra is a great lecturer and includes plenty of personal anecdotes to make the material more accessible. First two-thirds of the class covered basic concepts and definitions pertaining to the subject and the last third of the class was focused on movies that cover a vast array of environmental problems and possible solutions. Movies are fun and make the last third of the course less stressful while the beginning of the course had some great readings.
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Advice for students:
Homework/readings for the class are simple and may have you putting in very little time into the class, but do be warned that studying for the tests will be very time-consuming. Attendance is a necessity as the tests are based on the readings AND lectures (mostly the lectures). Take the best notes you can. Tests are also all short response and essays so know the material inside and out (both details and big ideas). Take advantage of all the extra credit opportunities and try to get the written blogpost done quickly (not graded too harshly but you need the extra time to focus on the tests). The third test is probably the easiest as it is the most big idea based, but the first two are killer and HAVE to be taken seriously. Vidra is very approachable so take advantage of office hours to take about the test BEFORE you take it, as she may respond not to fondly to people just begging for a few extra points.