NAT111 - Exploring Environmental Relationships

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Subject Title
Exploring Environmental Relationships

Subject Description
Humans have always had a love-hate relationship with the natural world. We are in awe of it, fear it, find healing in it, take from it, and on occasion give back. As humankind continues to advance, we find ourselves moving further away from what sustains us as a species. Exploring Environmental Relationships examines our connection with the natural environment (past, present, and future), and investigates how we have shaped the earth we know today through our actions and inactions.

Credit Status
One Liberal Studies elective credit in the Sciences & Social Sciences category.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss the evolution of the environmental movement in North America
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of environmental ethics and be able to identify a personal ethic
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and an understanding of contemporary environmental issues: climate change, peak oil, environmental refugees, loss of biodiversity, and the oceans crisis
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of non-western cultural relationships to the natural environment
  5. Define sustainability as both a broad concept and also as a working concept within personal context
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of human impacts on the natural environment – both local and global
  7. Participate in qualitative and quantitative research as it pertains to environmental issues
  8. Demonstrate knowledge of King Campus as a living laboratory for sustainability

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.