GEOG 430
Human Use of the Environment

Course Assignments and Schedule

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Course Assignments:

You will be graded on the following assignments:

  • Quiz 0 and Activity 0 must be completed to unlock the rest of the course
  • Canvas Reading Quizzes (11 quizzes, 2.5% each x best 10) = 25%
  • Weekly Discussions and Projects (11 discussions, 3% each x best 10) = 30%
  • Exams (15% each x 3 = 45%):
    • Midterm Exam #1 (Open book, essay format, 48 hours)
    • Midterm Exam #2 (Open book, essay format, 48 hours)
    • Midterm Exam #3 (Open book, essay format, 48 hours)

Typical Schedule of Weekly Activities:

For this course, weeks run on a Sunday-Saturday schedule. You will have access to the Week's materials beginning on Sunday at 12:01 am Eastern Time. You need to complete all the requirements for that week by the following Saturday. Each week, you will have course content, assigned readings, an online quiz, and a weekly discussion or activity to complete. Additionally, you will have three essay exams to reinforce your learning. These exams will help you develop your writing skills and connect ideas across the multiple weeks of the course. Please check your calendar in Canvas regularly for specific due dates!

Topics by Week:

  • Week 1 - Global Environmental Change and Planetary Boundaries
  • Week 2 - Complex Social-Ecological Systems
  • Week 3 - Environmental Governance
  • Week 4 - Environmental Justice
    • (Midterm 1)
  • Week 5 - The Food-Energy-Water Nexus and Environmental Impacts of Agriculture
  • Week 6 - Food (Food Security, Food Sovereignty, and Agroecology)
  • Week 7 - Energy
  • Week 8 - Water
    • (Midterm 2)
  • Week 9 - Biodiversity Conservation
  • Week 10 - Land Use Change
  • Week 11 - Climate Change
    • (Midterm 3)