ENSb1302 Biophysical Resources and Socio-economic Systems

Fakulta sociálních studií
podzim 2019
1/1/0. 10 kr. Ukončení: zk.
Brian D. Fath, Ph.D. (přednášející)
doc. Mgr. Bohuslav Binka, Ph.D.
Katedra environmentálních studií - Fakulta sociálních studií
Kontaktní osoba: Bc. Petra Burišková
Dodavatelské pracoviště: Katedra environmentálních studií - Fakulta sociálních studií
Čt 26. 9. 10:00–11:40 P31 Posluchárna A. I. Bláhy, Čt 10. 10. 10:00–11:40 P31 Posluchárna A. I. Bláhy, Čt 17. 10. 12:00–13:40 P52, Čt 24. 10. 12:00–13:40 P52, Čt 31. 10. 10:00–11:40 P31 Posluchárna A. I. Bláhy, Čt 7. 11. 10:00–11:40 P31 Posluchárna A. I. Bláhy, Čt 14. 11. 10:00–11:40 P31 Posluchárna A. I. Bláhy, Út 26. 11. 10:00–11:40 U35, Čt 28. 11. 10:00–11:40 P31 Posluchárna A. I. Bláhy
This upper-level undergraduate course deals with the relationships between human society and natural ecosystems as they relate to the sustainability of both. Relevant scientific, socio-economic, and ethical issues will be addressed in connection to current events such as global climate change, energy, conservation, agriculture, and cities. Format is a combination of lectures, discussions, and in class exercises, culminating in student presentations.
Omezení zápisu do předmětu
Předmět je nabízen i studentům mimo mateřské obory.
Mateřské obory/plány
předmět má 21 mateřských oborů, zobrazit
Cíle předmětu
1. To provide students with a basic understanding of sustainability and the sustainable development goals. 2. To provide pertinent information about ecosystem functioning and services and how they interact with human society. 3. To explore the concept of sustainability and how it relates to the students’ everyday life.
Výstupy z učení
Students will be able to: 1. Gather and analyze evidence from a variety of sources pertinent to the issue under study, including materials that might support opposing points of view. 2. Articulate an understanding of the ethical dimensions of significant issues or dilemmas under study. 3. Construct and assess possible solutions to problems or dilemmas within an informed ethical and societal context. 4. Communicate arguments and conclusions effectively and clearly. Specifically, those will be attained by having students: 1. Define the concept of sustainability and how it relates to their everyday life 2. Identify ecosystem services and the contributions they make to and human society 3. Gather and analyze evidence from a variety of sources pertinent to sustainability 4. Articulate an understanding of the global dimensions of sustainability 5. Compose an argument in defense of an environmental position 6. Write a scientific essay on a current issue regarding Human Ecology and Sustainability 7. Create and present a PowerPoint seminar on a current issue regarding Sustainability 8. Demonstrate critical thinking and scientific literacy through effective oral and written communication
  • Arranged in 10- 90 minutes blocks; specific readings (in bold) from Encyclopedia of Ecology, 2nd Edition, 2019, Fath (eds), Elsevier. Students are expected to work on a case study of an environmental topic of interest to them that applies the socio-ecological systems approaches. September 26 Lecture 1: Systems thinking, system diagrams, systems analysis Ecological Systems Thinking: Orr, Niccolucci, Bastianoni October 10 Lecture 2: Ecosystems, Succession, Dynamics, Complex systems cycle (Holling) Ecosystems: Fath Succession: Pandolfi October 17 Lecture 3: Human population Human Population Growth: Goujon October 24 Lecture 4: Agriculture Agriculture Systems: Andrén, Kätterer Organic Farming: Nielsen October 31 Lecture 5: Energy basis for socio-ecological development: from solar to fossil fuels back to solar Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems Nexus: Bidoglio, Vanham, Bouraoui, Barchiesi November 7 Lecture 6: Global Climate Change Greenhouse Gases Formation and Emission: Barbera, Vymazal, Maucieri November 14 Lecture 7: Sustainability and Sustainable Development Goals System Sustainability: Pulselli The Sustainable Development Goals: Gigliotti, Schmidt-Traub, Bastianoni November 21 Lecture 8: Ecological Economics and Ecosystem Services Ecological Economics 1: Costanza Ecological Economics 2: Costanza November 28 Lecture 9: Urban systems Urban Systems: Elmqvist, Alfsen, Colding December 5 Lecture 10: Student presentations, summary and future research directions
Výukové metody
Course grade will be based on the combined total from paper, exercises, presentation, attendance, discussion, and exam. The final exam will be comprehensive, covering all class activities, discussions, lectures, and readings.
Metody hodnocení
Presentation (50), Participation (50), Reflections (50), Paper (100), Final Exam (150) = Total (500)
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Předmět je vyučován jednorázově.
Fulbright Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Towson University, Towson, Maryland, USA.

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