Meghann Jarchow: Using An Ecosystems Services Approach to Water Resources in Sustainability and Society at University of South Dakota
About this CourseOne of two core, introductory courses (200-level) for a sustainability major and minor; course also fulfills a social science general education requirement.
Sustainability & Society syllabus (Acrobat (PDF) 454kB Jun21 16)
Using models to frame public discussions
My course is one of two introductory, core courses for a sustainability major and minor. The course focuses on the environmental aspects of sustainability and is taught using team-based learning methods. My goals for the course include teaching students how to use some of the many scientific tools that have been developed for the public and teaching students how to translate the output from those tools into forms that can be used to effect positive environmental change. This module was an effective way to combine these two goals.
My Experience Teaching with InTeGrateMaterialsI made only limited modifications to the module. My primary modifications were editing the PowerPoint presentations to fit my presentation style and reinforce content previously discussed in the course.
Relationship of InTeGrate Materials to my Course
My course was arranged into four modules. This module was taught as the third module of the course, after the climate change and energy modules and before the built environment module. This module built upon systems terminology introduced earlier in the course and built upon the summative assessments of the previous two modules where the students gave group presentations to the class.