Environment and Society in a Changing World

Written Assignment 6: Biodiversity


This assignment  requires you to write  a clear, well-organized paper (500-750 words) which responds to the prompt provided below and demonstrates you have read the material in the modules.

First and foremost, I am grading your comprehension of the course material. To get a good grade, you must show me that you have read and understood the content from the modules we have covered so far.

Second, I am grading for critical thinking and analysis. How well do you form and support your arguments with evidence from the course material or external sources?

Third, I am grading for clean and quality writing. This means your paper should be well-written, thoroughly proofread, answer all parts of the prompt, and cite and format any/all sources correctly (see course Orientation for guidance on the APA style we expect you to use in this class).

Written Assignment Instructions

First, please do some independent research on the links between biodiversity loss and the rise of zoonotic diseases, such as COVID-19.  You will need to cite at least 3 reputable outside sources that do not include the course modules for this assignment. For help evaluating what constitutes a reputable resource, please consult this guide from the Penn State libraries. Second, write a 500-750 word essay on the links between biodiversity loss and zoonotic disease which addresses the following questions:

  1. How does biodiversity loss impact the emergence and frequency of zoonotic diseases, such as COVID-19?
  2. Drawing on materials from the course, provide a policy recommendation to reduce the correlation between biodiversity loss and the emergence of zoonotic diseases.

You  must engage at least three course concepts  in your paper. Remember engaging a course concept means defining that concept and explaining how it helps you think about the theme of your paper.  Please bold the concepts you engage in your response.

Review the grading rubric before completing your assignment.