GEOG 30N
Environment and Society in a Changing World

Written Assignment 6: Biodiversity

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This Written Assignment  entails two  parts. First, you must do some research on the links between biodiversity loss and the emergence of zoonotic diseases, such as the novel coronavirus.  Second, you must write a clear, well-organized paper which answers the questions in Part II of this assignment and demonstrates that you have read the material in the modules.

First and foremost, we are grading your comprehension of the course material. If you do not demonstrate that you have read and understood the content from the modules, you will not receive full credit for your paper. To do well, you must show us that you have read and understood the content in the modules we have completed so far.

Second, we are 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, we are grading for the mechanics - proper grammar, well-written paragraphs, answering all the questions, correct formatting of sources (if you use external sources, please use APA or  Chicago Style to cite).

Written Assignment Instructions

Part I: Do some research

First, please do some independent research on the links between biodiversity loss and the rise of zoonotic diseases, such as the novel coronavirus. 

You will need to cite at least 3 reputable outside sources that do not include the course modules for your essay. For more information on what constitutes a reputable resource, please consult the following information on how to evaluate sources from the Penn State libraries.

Part II: Write a paper

Second, write a 500-750 word essay on the links between biodiversity loss and zoonotic disease. Please address the following questions in your essay:

1. How does biodiversity loss impact the emergence and frequency of zoonotic diseases, such as the novel coronavirus?

2. Drawing on materials from the course, provide a policy recommendation to reduce the correlation between biodiversity loss and the emergence of zoonotic disease.

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.