NAT542 - The Blue Planet

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Subject Title
The Blue Planet

Subject Description
All forms of life exist as a result of water. Ancient societies had a better understanding of the importance of water than does modern humankind. Without it we will perish yet humans misuse this essential resource to the point where we are depleting it at an alarming rate. The privatization of water has become an economic issue worldwide. In Ontario there is a tendency to take water for granted. We have some the most abundant fresh water resources in the world but do we have an ethical responsibility to address world water issues?  Is depletion of the earth?s water resources an irreversible trend? Is the privatization of water an dangerous global trend? These questions and more will be dealt with through courses readings, discussions and assignments. The knowledge, insights and skills gained will help the student in their professional and personal lives to analyze, evaluate and interpret contemporary issues.

Credit Status
One General Education Elective Credit in the Sciences and Social Sciences Category

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

  • Critically analyze course material and connect it to self and society
  • Debate importance of water as an essential resource.
  • Debate the increasing importance of water as a political and economic commodity
  • Develop an enhanced sense of social and environmental responsibility.

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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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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