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UVM ENVS 151 - Syllabus

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INTERMEDIATE ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIESENVS 151Dr. Stephanie Kaza, Assoc. Professor Tues/Thur 2:00-3:15office hrs Mon/Wed 1-3, x64055 for appts. L/L Room B101The Bittersweet, 153 S. Prospect, [email protected] 151 is a core course in the major, designed to help students develop the skills and knowledgefor making the most of their major and for charting a life path beyond college. Assignments prepare majorsfor further in-depth course study and senior project/thesis work. Through reading, reflection, independentresearch, and professional contacts, students develop programs of study, career options, and potential thesistopics.Purpose of Course:1) to identify personal strengths, interests, philosophies, and goals which will inform your choices at UVMand beyond;2) to examine career/life paths of interest to you through access to networks of people and organizations;3) to enhance your research, analytical, and communicative skills to effectively use and convey informationabout the environment;4) to develop a personal academic plan through investigating course options, graduate and professional study,career and lifestyle options.Course Texts:1) Listening to the Land: Conversations about Nature, Culture, and Eros, ed. Derrick Jensen (SanFrancisco: Sierra Club, 1995). Selections to be supplied in a reader available at the Bittersweet.2) The Writer’s Brief Handbook, Alfred Rosa and Paul Eschholz (Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1999). Themost recent edition (5th) is preferred, but 3rd and 4th editions are also okay. This book is required for ENVS201 and 202 and can be a helpful reference for all your academic writing.Course Outline: Assignments:AUG 31 Tues Course Objectives, (151 application)Preparing the Time CapsuleSEPT 2 Thur Introductions Bring in “item of significance”Academic planning in ENVS 3 Fri (not a class day) DUE: Major Plan & course listby 4:30pm, in my box 7 Tues Internships, Study Abroad, ENVS resourcesIbit Getchell, student services (joint) 9 Thur Preparing an Environmental Resume14 Tues Framing your Personal Statement DUE: Resume and cover letterPeer editing, UVM writing resources (and job announcement)Sue Dinitz, Writing Center 16 Thur Reading Groups, session #1 DUE: Resume peer edits;Introduction to Group Process Reading, part 121 Tues Reading Groups, session #2 DUE: Reading, part 2;Major Plan Rewrites23 Thur Visit to UVM Career Center (joint) DUE: Personal StatementMeet at Career Center (L/L E building)28 Tues Reading Group exchange DUE: Personal Statement edits;Oral Presentation skills Reading reflection paper30 Thur Exploring Environmental CareersInformational Interviewing; Time ManagementOCT 5 Tues Career Panel: Voices from the Field DUE: Resume rewrites(joint session) 7 Thur Oral Presentations DUE: Oral Presentations12 Tues Oral Presentations 14 Thur Oral Presentations19 Tues Library session #1 – evaluating informationLaurie Kutner, Reference Librarian 21 Thur Library session #2 – web career researchLaurie Kutner, Reference Librarian26 Tues Writing an academic research paperCritical thinking30 Thur Mid-Term Exam DUE: Source List for career :literature, websites, peopleNOV 2 Tues Environmental citizenship panelEveryday activists 4 Thur Individual Conferencing (optional) DUE: Career Paper 9 Tues Environmental Studies AdvisingCompleting the Academic Plan 11 Thur The Senior Thesis Process:Student Panel (joint session) 16 Tues Preparing for ENVS 201, 202Faculty Panel (joint session)18 Thur Environmental Citizenship Models DUE: Senior thesis optionsGioia Thompson, UVM Env Council coordinator23 Tues no class DUE: Academic Planin my box by 4:30pm25 Thur Thanksgiving break30 Tues Evaluation and Celebration! DUE: evaluationsOpening the Time CapsuleAssignmentsReading: Except for the reading group sessions, there is relatively little assigned reading for this class. Mostof your reading will come as you pursue your independent research on career and course planning topics.Writing: Because this class focuses on reflection, integration, skill-building, and research, most of the workfor this class is in writing assignments. We recommend a writing handbook text which you can use as ageneral reference for citations, organization, and guide to clarity in written papers. Look over theassignments at the beginning of the semester. You will need to plan your time well to accommodate thenumber of assignments. During the weeks when no assignment is due, consider the week a "research week"in preparation for the next assignment. There are six major assignments in three subject areas:1) Personal Goals and Planning 30%2) Career Research 25%3) Academic Skills 35%[Peer Editing. participation, attendance 10%]These assignments are designed to provide direction and focus for the remaining semesters of yourundergraduate program in Environmental Studies. To the extent that you do them thoroughly, investigatingyour own personal interests, they will provide you with a foundation for all your future training andenvironmental work.Peer Editing: Past students have expressed great appreciation for peer editing – both giving and receivingcomments on their writing from fellow students. You will be graded on your peer editing, both quality andpromptness. We will provide peer editing instruction in class. By the end of the semester, you should beboth a better writer and a better editor.Guidelines for Assignments: All written work should be completed on a word processing program andhanded in as a printed paper. Do not hand in disks or handwritten papers; I will not read these submissions.Double-space your papers, allowing normal 1-1.25" margins for comments. Number your pages, and stapleall pages together for safety. Check for computer errors, broken lines or unformatted paragraphs, and strangehyphenation. Spell-check and proofread your work before handing it in. Use inclusive language; i.e. beconscious of your use of gender pronouns and referents. Use "people" or "humankind" instead of "man", and"he or she" or "they" instead of simply "he". Printing on both sides of the page is fine, if your computer cando this. If possible, use 100% recycled paper for all assignments; white paper is not necessary or preferredfor this class (except for the resume). Paper which has been used on one side is fine


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