Introduction to Environmental Sciences

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The aim of this course is to provide students with the fundamental ideas
and concepts in the field of environmental sciences and with some
analytical tools needed for a considered reflection on the nature of
environmental problems and its possible solutions.

After completing this course, the student is able to:
o Explain the drivers of environmental change;
o Analyse how environmental drivers and pressures change the state of
the abiotic environment;
o Explain how environmental conditions influence health and welfare;
o Construct a DPSIR framework of a given environmental problem;
o Discuss the different stakes of a given environmental problem in
writing and orally;
o Rate the effectiveness of environmental policy instruments.

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Introduction to Environmental Science studies the interactions between
human actions and the abiotic environment. How do human actions
influence soil, water and air? How does this affect our well-being?
Which actions can we take to moderate these effects? How accepted and
effective are such measures? Lectures and tutorials provide a background
on drivers,
pressures, state changes, impacts and responses to environmental change
by taking stock of different disciplines, including economy, ecology,
geography, and environmental policy and law. In hands-on exercises, you
apply the concepts from the lectures and tutorials. In a group
assignment focused on
a specific case study, you analyze the impacts of a change in human
actions or in environmental processes. You design possible responses to
these impacts and advocate them in a policy brief. You also review a
policy brief to rate the effectiveness of environmental policy


Lectures: 6h
Tutorials: approx 16h.
Group and individual assignments: 55h.
Exam preparation: 30h
Preparing for lectures and tutorials: 20h.


Exam: approx 50%
Individual and group assignments: Approx 50%


Daniel Chiras (2016). Environmental Science. Jones and Bartlet. 10th
edition or later.
Some additional literature will be distributed through the online
learning environment.

Algemene informatie

Vakcode AB_1105
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P3
Vakniveau 300
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Bètawetenschappen
Vakcoördinator dr. ir. C.J.E. Schulp
Examinator dr. ir. C.J.E. Schulp
Docenten dr. ir. C.J.E. Schulp
dr. A.J.A. van Teeffelen

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