Environment and Society in a Changing World

Engaging Course Concepts


For each Written Assignment, you are asked to engage course concepts. The objective of engaging course concepts is to demonstrate how concepts discussed in the modules apply to the situation/scenario you are evaluating in your Written Assignment. Properly engaging with course concepts consists of three steps:

1. Identify at least three relevant course concepts from the module for each Written Assignment.

2. Quickly define the concept(s) in your own words -- do not simply copy and paste from the module!

3. Explain how the concept relates to the situation/scenario you are evaluating.

As an example, let's assume you are trying to evaluate the challenges of governing climate change. A common mistake that many Geography 30 web students of the past have made is to evaluate this scenario without engaging course concepts. 

poor quality answer would be:

"Climate change is difficult to govern because different countries have different priorities on how, if at all, to address climate change." 

This answer is poor because it does not mention or engage any course concepts. 

Instead you might engage the concept of the collective action problem from Module 4 to evaluate climate change governance.

A high quality answer of engaging collective action to evaluate climate change governance would be:

"The collective action problem refers to challenges faced by groups trying to arrive at a joint decision. Climate change governance is an example of a collective action problem because different countries have divergent priorities concerning how, if at all, to address climate change. As a result, it is difficult to arrive at a joint solution for governing climate change."

Questions? Please post to the Course Q&A discussion forum or email the teaching staff for additional help!