GEOG 430
Human Use of the Environment

Week 2 Question and Reaction


Hopefully, the readings and film from these first two weeks have helped prime you to think about how environmental change happens, how our lives impact it, and how the way we think about it shapes what we see.

For this week's Weekly Questions and Reactions, please write two brief paragraphs of 150-200 words each that detail:

  1. an important hope or fear that you have about human-environment change - the change you feel needs to happen, the change you are deeply worried about, the change you fear won't happen soon enough, etc.; and
  2. how, through personal experience and/or study, you have developed the hope or fear. Our emotions, aspirations, and anxieties are a huge part of our relationships to the environment, and they shape how we use the environment and think it ought to be used.

Your hopes or fears might relate to...

  • how humans think about and value the environment;
  • why certain types of environmental problems exist;
  • how human-environmental relationships have changed, or not changed, over time;
  • how human-environment relationships differ from place to place;
  • how different groups of people use or think about the environment;
  • how environmental problems can best be solved;
  • how environmental issues relate to religion, economics, politics, gender, race, etc.; and
  • many more things!

There are no right or wrong hopes or fears. Your hopes and fears do not have to be universal. Perhaps your hopes or fears relate to a certain group of people, or to a certain place or region at a specific time in history. That said, try to share hopes or fears that are expansive and that will relate to many of the topics that we explore in the course. It will help you connect your personal hopes/fears to broader human-environment concerns if you reference the week's assigned materials and reflect on how they resonate with or differ from your own perspective. That is what the readings and films are for. Anytime you refer to course materials or outside sources, you should cite them at the end of your response.

So, this discussion is a chance to share with your instructor and your classmates what you are most interested in and what you think some of the most urgent issues are. We expect different people to believe different things. You should submit your post to Week 2 Questions and Reactions in Canvas (by Tuesday by 11:59 pm Eastern Time) and also respond to at least two of your classmates (Thursday by 11:59 pm Eastern Time), while observing proper rules for netiquette.

Use the following link to access an example weekly reaction submission.

Submitting your post (by Tuesday at 11:59 pm Eastern Time)

  • Draft and finalize your essay using a word processing program such as MS Word. Do not draft your essay in Canvas itself! If something happens with your Internet connection, you can also lose all of your work and be forced to start over.
  • Go to the Week 2 Module in Canvas.
  • Open the Week 2 Questions and Reactions (Q&R).
  • Copy and paste your work from your word processing program.
  • Click Submit.

Submitting your comments/responses (by Thursday at 11:59 pm Eastern Time)

Read through at least two of your classmates' posts and respond to them. Remember to be polite and respectful of your coursemates, even if you disagree with what they have said.

How you will be graded:

Please review the Rubric in Canvas carefully.

**Take your time with this first discussion. The format and grading will be similar for all other discussions throughout the course.**

NOTE: For the remainder of the weekly Question and Reactions assignments I will expect you to be able to formulate your submissions based on the materials provided in each lesson. I will not be providing specific prompts for your Q&R submissions.