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Soc 220 Syllabus Spring 2017

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Colorado State University- Fort Collins
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Soc 220 - Global Environmental Issues
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Global Environmental Issues 16962 T TH Clark A 207 12 30 1 45 SPRING 2017 Instructor Email Office Office Hours Class Time Classroom Jason Downing jason downing colostate edu 365 Aylesworth M 10 Noon 12 30 1 45 T TH Clark A 207 Sneha Kadyan kadyansneha456 gmail com Office B 271 Office Hours TH 10 1pm Office Hours If you are unable to see the instructor or TA during their office hours you may contact them via e mail to make an appointment I am very flexible about making time for students so please contact us in you need anything Also w the large amount of students I encourage you to email TAs first w concerns dates questions project questions etc Thanks Course Description Objectives During the semester we will explore the relationship between human societies and the larger natural environment from points around the world As we pursue these investigations students will be introduced to a cross section of sociological modes of analysis Course Objectives At the end of this course students will be able to 1 Speak to issues relating to the relationship between human beings and the natural world 2 Speak to the interrelationship between the local and the global as they pertain to environmental problems issues 3 Apply a range of methods that sociology offers for making sense of the social world and its articulation with the natural world 4 Address the sociological underpinnings of conflicts and inequalities around the world that are linked to such issues as natural resource use food wilderness preservation population and global climate change 5 Understand and apply solutions to the global environmental issues we face THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO IN THIS CLASS TO SUCCEED IF YOU ARE HAVING DIFFICULTIES IS TO COMMUNICATE WITH MYSELF OR THE TA ON A REGULAR BASIS IF YOU NEED HELP PLEASE CONTACT US SO WE CAN WORK TOGETHER LET S HAVE FUN LEARN Text ISBN 978 0 8133 4594 9 Carolan Michael 2013 Society and the Environment Top Hat Response Program Evaluation of Student Performance There will be 4 exams total in this class each is worth 100 points and 1 out of class essay worth 150 points as well as 10 chapter solution response essays participation worth 20 points each for a class total of 750 possible points to be earned Material for the exams will come from both your text and materials presented in class The requirements for the out of class essays will be discussed in class I am planning a visit to our 4 acre farm in Laporte to investigate and understand biodynamics and biodiversity as it applies to our class and natural world The date will be announced in class Extra credit There will be a class food drive for 25 points details will be explained in class It is a group effort and we are all in this together Exam 1 February 16th Exam 2 March 9th Exam 3 April 13th Exam 4 May 4th Make Up exam date May 2nd There is NO CUMULATIVE FINAL exam in this class Missing an Exam If for any reason you are not able to take a test at the scheduled time please let your GTA or myself know via e mail before the test Under no circumstances will a student be able to take more than one makeup Solution Essays Students in previous classes expressed a desire to discuss solutions in more detail I agree as a major goal for myself teaching this class is to spend as much time on the solutions as people typically do discussing problems related to our environment These essays will coincide with the chapters we are studying They need to be one page single space of writing in font no bigger than 11 Each must contain one outside the book source and may include your own ideas and opinions as well as your own creative solutions We focus on a pragmatic approach so it would be important that your ideas have some element that they are in the realm of possibility to achieve Creativity is key for these solutions however and so that is a key component as well Top Hat We will be using the Top Hat www tophat com classroom response system in class You will be able to submit answers to in class questions using Apple or Android smartphones and tablets laptops or through text message You can visit tinyurl com TopHatStudentGuide for the Student Quick Start Guide which outlines how you will register for a Top Hat account as well as providing a brief overview to get you up and running on the system An email invitation will also be sent to your school email account if you don t receive this email you can register by visiting our course website https app tophat com e 244158 Top Hat will require a paid subscription and the standard pricing for the cheapest option is 24 for 4months of unlimited access For a full breakdown of all subscription options available please visit www tophat com pricing Canvas Online System We will use Canvas in this course You will find printable slides of each chapter I would suggest that you download the slides prior to class and bring them with you Students have found that they facilitate their note taking Because of last minute editorial changes the slides presented in class may differ occasionally from those available to you on Canvas Just remember that there is a whole lot more to the course than what you will find on the slides so don t rely solely on them to pass exams Other tools I ve included on Canvas are a copy of this syllabus discussions from time to time for you to communicate among yourselves and us with you but there will be NO GRADED ONLINE discussions Check it every week for mail You can communicate with each other or with us privately occasional articles to support various topics and grade book This is a LIVE class and I am using Canvas as a supplement only Not all materials will be available from Canvas come to class please Writing Competency Writing assignments in this class are intended to improve students comprehension of course content and proficiency in writing More specifically students are expected to demonstrate a the ability to convey a theme or argument clearly and coherently b the ability to analyze critically and to synthesize the work of others c the ability to acquire and apply information from appropriate sources and d competence in standard written English including proper use of syntax grammar punctuation and spelling as well as use of appropriate vocabulary formatting and references Writing Expectations A great deal of your final grade for the course will be determined by both inclass and out of class writing assignments The goals for these writing assignments are to enhance


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