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De Anza ES 61A - SYLLABUS ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES 61A

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ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES 61A Env. Protection and Pollution Prevention ES -061A.-61 Call #00543 Instructors: Mark Sullivan and Alicia De Toro Winter 2011 4.0 Units De Anza College, Division of Biological, Health, and Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies Department Kirsch Center for Environmental Studies-See Pat Cornely in KC 218 (408) 864-8628 Course Theme: Our laws and regulations shape our world. INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION: Office Hours: Monday 4:30-5:30 pm, or by phone, or other times by arrangement Phone: Mark: (831) 747-4781; Alicia: (408) 864-5317 Office Location: KC 213 E-mail Address: [email protected], [email protected] Course Website http://www.deanza.edu/faculty/sullivanmark/ ES Dept Website: http://EnvironmentalStudies.deanza.fhda.edu/es/ COURSE DESCRIPTION This course will explore environmental protection and pollution prevention. Topics discussed will include agency missions and guiding principles, agency philosophies, and agency contacts. Agencies include Cal/EPA, Air Resources Board, Department of Toxic Substances Control, and the Department of Water Resources. Current events and citizen action and their impacts on various cultural, ethnic, and gender groups will be discussed. *Your ideas and/or suggested topics are appreciated and will be considered for discussion. ADVISORIES ES 6 (concurrent enrollment is sufficient), EWRT 100B, Reading 100 or LART 100, ESL 173 is strongly advised as you will be expected to complete several written assignments using an academic essay format. A good attitude and a willingness to learn by problem solving are essential to receiving good grades. STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLO’s) After completing reading assignments, assessments, journals, projects, field assignments, and attending class, you should be able to: 1. Assess (apply) the criteria necessary to be successful in this course. 2. Investigate and communicate the relationship between state governmental processes and the interactions of the stakeholders in establishing environmental protection and pollution prevention. Understand the principles and concepts of state governmental processes. COURSE MATERIALS Handouts Website Assignments Check out at SRC: Kubasek, Nancy K. and Silverman, Gary S. 2008. Environmental Law, 6th Edition. Prentice Hall/Pearson Education Inc. Publishing Co. (Copies available in the SRC.)Environmental Studies Department 2 of 4 ES 61A SUGGESTIONS/TEACHING METHODS This course will cover a large amount of material in a short amount of time. Therefore, it is crucial to attend all lectures, take good notes, and complete the readings prior to attending lectures. In the event that you cannot attend class, it is your responsibility to obtain class notes from one of your classmates. Our teaching style is designed to engage you in a more active fashion. In order to meet this goal, we will combine the following teaching methods: lectures that make use of videos, field trips, handouts, and slides; hands-on activities such as active group/discussion sessions (participation is crucial); current events assignments; and student presentations. REQUIREMENTS 1. Two exams: One midterm and one final exam of equal weight will be given. The midterm will include the material covered in the first half of the course and the final will include the material covered in the second half of the course. 2. Regulatory agency/issue presentation: Each student will be assigned a regulatory agency or issue, and will present a discussion of this agency or issue to the class. Further information will be provided. 3. Regulatory agency research paper: Each student is required to research, write, and submit a 6 to 8-page paper regarding the above discussion topic by March 14th. The paper must be typed, double-spaced, and in 12-point font with 1-inch margins. Further information will be provided. 4. Current event assignment: One current event assignment will be required. This will involve reading, summarizing, and presenting to the class a newspaper article pertaining to environmental law or regulation. Further information will be provided. 5. Class Journals: Each student shall document class activities in a provided class journal. Journal entries will be a daily class event and will include lecture notes, field trip notes, group work, Internet searches and writings, class discussions, thoughts, etc. 6. Class Participation: Each student is expected to attend all classes and to participate in class activities and discussions. Your punctuality and participation are important! 7. Field Trips: Each student is required to attend the two field trips. GRADING CRITERIA: 2 Exams (Midterm and Final) 30% (15% each) Regulatory Agency Presentation 15% Regulatory Agency Research Paper 15% Current Event Assignment 5% Class Journal 10% Class Participation 10% Field Trips 15% TOTAL 100% Grading Scale (%): 90-100 = A, 80-89 = B, 70-79 = C, 60-69 = D, Below 60 = FEnvironmental Studies Department 3 of 4 ES 61A ADDITIONAL INFORMATION/POLICIES General Information 1) Please be prepared to dedicate sufficient time and energy to this course 2) Classroom etiquette matters (i.e. arrive to class on time, do not talk during lecture or video, turn off all cell phones and other electronic devices during class). 3) This class is based upon honesty, trust, respect, fairness, and responsibility. We always appreciate your cooperation. Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated. 4) Please know the correct procedures to follow in the case of an earthquake or other emergency. Exams/Homework/Attendance/Add Drop Procedures 1) There will be no make-ups for the exams or homework assignments. (Except under extraordinary circumstances; see me if you anticipate problems.) 2) Attendance. Regular attendance is required - and critical to your success in this class. You must contact me immediately if you miss a class or if you decide to drop. Attendance at the final exam session is required. Attendance will be taken at each class session. Students may be dropped after their second unexcused absence. Each tardy (unexcused late arrival for class) counts as one half of an absence. You are late if you are not in the classroom at the scheduled class time. You must speak to the instructor at the end of class if you are late and make sure that your attendance was noted. Students who arrive late for class four times without a valid


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