Introduction to central themes of major. Opportunities to engage in community action and planning process, while developing ecological literacy. Lectures, discussions, community service learning, and critical writing exercises combine to increase knowledge and interest in these fields. Emphasis on developing community of learners in and out of classroom setting. Offered: ASp.
By examining the concepts of grassroots organizing, social justice, community asset building and sustainability, this course will critique community perceptions and reactions to the benefits and burdens of environmental issues, specifically air quality, water quality and land use impacts.
This interactive course is designed to reflect the philosophy of the CEP major. The basic concepts of community and environmental planning will be introduced through field trips; guest speakers; class discussions;case study analysis and collaborative projects. Students will also have an opportunity to interact with advanced CEP students through volunteer learning.
Class Assignments and Grading
Weekly journal writings based on reflections of assigned readings, field trips or guest speakers. Students will work in teams of 2 or more on a research project of their choice that examines a community's response to an environmental problem / challenge / or opportunity.
Emphasis will be placed on student participation in class discussions, journal reflections and presentation of projects. There is no final exam.