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Douglas Mercer
B CUSP 119
Bothell Campus

Discovery Core III: The Portfolio and Experiential Learning

Evaluates progress at the conclusion of the first year through the construction of a portfolio and offers an experiential learning opportunity, either on- or off-campus. Prerequisite: either B CUSP 115, B CUSP 116, or B CUSP 117; may not be repeated. Offered: Sp.

Class description

Valuing Nature examines how businesses, governments, non-governmental organizations, and individuals value environmental goods and services. Probing their justifications we discover the influence of taken-for-granted notions of “nature,“ ”value,” and human nature itself. Drawing from our individual and collective work, each of us will exercise our rights and fulfill our responsibilities as “environmental citizens.”

You will integrate your Valuing Nature experience into a year-end Discovery Portfolio – the culminating project of your Discovery sequence. This will involve crafting a narrative of progress toward five learning goals: inclusive practices, critical and creative inquiry, ethics and social responsibility, quantitative and qualitative literacy, and communication.

Student learning goals

See Discovery Core Learning Goals: http://www.bothell.washington.edu/CUSP/Learninggoals.xhtml

• Describe how and why an organization values the environment (or not) in their operations

• To effectively articulate environmental rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

• Defend and critique the merits of monetizing environmental goods and services.

• Participate in a learning community.

effectively use the concepts: environmental goods and services; public, private and common pool property, citizenship, environmental economics.

General method of instruction

Class discussion in large and small groups Group projects and presentations Lecture and guest speakers

Recommended preparation

Discovery Core sequence College course in expository writing College experience in library research

Class assignments and grading

Participate, Pop quizzes 15% (individual assessment) Valuing Nature Work Group 20% (group assessment) Valuing Nature Letter 15% (two-person team assignment) Nature-Discovery Integration Essay 20% (individual assessment) Discovery Portfolio and Work Group 30% (individual assessment)

Variable by assignment but in general: Work is motivated by desire to achieve course learning goals Quality of writing: clear audience, purpose, organization, conventions Timeliness


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.
Valuing Nature: A Discovery Portfolio Course
Last Update by Douglas Mercer
Date: 02/12/2010