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Patrick S. Mcdonald
ENVIR 490
Seattle Campus

Pre-Capstone Seminar

Critique readings on environmental education and applied environmental work. Define a capstone experience based on personal interests and skills and complete a learning contract and a contextual bibliography for ENVIR 491. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in ENVIR 300. Offered: ASp.

Class description

The Capstone Experience (ENVIR 490491492) is the culmination of the Environmental Studies degree at UW. The primary purpose of this class is to help students create a well-designed capstone project. To achieve this goal, class time will be divided among a variety of activities. Students will interact with a range of guest speakers, including potential site supervisors, PoE alumni, and students in ENVIR 492 who are completing their capstone projects. Most class time will be devoted to direct preparation for your own capstone project, including time for giving and receiving feedback about your capstone proposal.

Student learning goals

Design a capstone project that is challenging yet manageable;

Articulate how a capstone project relates to larger environmental issues, scholarly questions, and educational goals. Students will have also begun research on chosen topics;

Explore the relationship between academic learning and applied environmental work;

Complete all of the assignments that are required for registration in ENVIR 491

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Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Patrick S. Mcdonald
Date: 07/25/2012