Environmental Transformations | Arts and Science ONLINE

Environmental Transformations

DEVS 250/3.0

Examines the relationship between development and environmental change by introducing social science perspectives on themes including energy, agriculture, climate, urbanization, and water. With a focus on combining macro- and micro-analysis, the course reflects on the meaning of development in an era of global environmental transformation.

Please note: This course is typically offered in the summer term

Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to

  • Using the idea of 'the Anthropocene' as an entry point, identify and conceptualize the key tensions between development goals and environmental challenges in the 21st century at a global level
  • Assess, contrast, and apply different social science perspectives to understand the causes and outcomes of these tensions between development and environmental change
  • Analyze localised case studies of these development-environment tensions across a range of settings introduced by the instructor and integrate these with the macro-level questions raised earlier
  • Synthesise the analysis of localized case studies with macro-theories of the Anthropocene to generate and evaluate new normative positions towards human-environment interactions in the present and future

Description

Examines the relationship between development and environmental change by introducing social science perspectives on themes including energy, agriculture, climate, urbanization, and water. With a focus on combining macro- and micro-analysis, the course reflects on the meaning of development in an era of global environmental transformation.

Terms

Summer 22: May-July
Course Dates: 
May 9 - July 29, 2022
Exam Dates: 
August 2-10, 2022

Evaluation

10% - Workshop 1 (Week 3)
20% - Assignment 1 (Week 5)
10% - Workshop 2 (Week 7)
20% - Assignment 2 (Week 9)
10% - Assignment 3 - Policy Elevator Pitch (Week 12)
30% - Assignment 3 - Policy Brief (Week 12)

*Evaluation Subject to Change*

Instructor

Lama Tawakkol (tawakkol.lama@queensu.ca)

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 10 hours a week (120 hours per term) in this course.

Course Resources

About SOLUS

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About OnQ

onQ is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into onQ to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the onQ site.

About Credit Units

Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA or BSc requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

Computer Specifications

  • Windows 8.1 or newer
  • OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer
  • Dual Core 2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Soundcard
  • USB Headset
  • Webcam

Supported Browsers

  • Chrome (preferred - latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ
  • Edge is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ

Internet Connection

  • Wired high speed access: Cable or better
  • Wifi is not recommended

Java

  • Latest version

Media Player

  • Flash (latest version)

Adobe Reader

  • Latest Version

Dates/Deadlines

The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Upcoming Application Dates section.

Grading Scheme

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

Letter Grade Grade Point
A+4.30
A4.00
A-3.70
B+3.30
B3.00
B-2.70
C+2.30
C2.00
C-1.70
D+1.30
D1.00
D-0.70
F0.00

GPA Calculators
Have your SOLUS grade report handy and then follow the link to the Arts and Science GPA calculators.

How does this affect my academics?
See the GPA and Academic Standing page.

Follow the link above for an explanation of how the GPA system affects such things as the Dean’s Honour List, requirements to graduate, and academic progression.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Grading Scheme
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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer Term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $685.90; for a 6.0-unit course, $1371.80 See also Tuition and Fees.

Campus Bookstore

All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.

Non-Queen’s Students

All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.

Academic Integrity

Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.

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