Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies 2014

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Award Year: 
2014
Principal Investigator: 
Cynthia Wei, SESYNC
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2014 case study short course group picturePreparing students to tackle urgent and complex environmental problems is a critical challenge. Problems such as global climate change, water resource management, and sustainable development are dynamic, complex problems that require interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to solve. Socio-environmental synthesis (S-E synthesis) is a problem-solving approach that considers the integrated nature of the environment and human society, and combines insights, methods, and data from the natural and social sciences to produce knowledge and inform solutions. The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) is dedicated to educating about this approach and its broad relevance, and to teaching the core concepts and competencies necessary to understand, research, and address socio-environmental problems.

SESYNC hosted a four-day short course on Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies July 15–18, 2014, at SESYNC in Annapolis, MD. The goals of the short course are to:

  1. Introduce participants to S-E synthesis as a problem-solving approach.
  2. Engage participants in advancing the teaching of S-E synthesis and related concepts and competencies.
  3. Enable participants to use case-based teaching approaches such as the case study method, a powerful and effective teaching approach, to teach S-E synthesis.
  4. Support participants in developing their own case study classroom activity that can be used in their classrooms and shared on the SESYNC website.
Participants: 
Elizabeth Albright, Duke University
Andres Baeza Castro, SESYNC
Mark Brunson, Utah State University
William Burnside, SESYNC
Neil Carter, SESYNC
Judy Che-Castaldo, SESYNC
Avery Cohn, Tufts University
Shannon Conley, James Madison University
Michael Deaton, James Madison University
Kathryn de Ridder-Vignone, James Madison University
Amity Doolittle, Yale University
Emily Eisenhauer, Florida International University
Kathleen Guillozet, Virginia Tech
Mary Handley, James Madison University
David Hawthorne, SESYNC
Melissa Kenney, University of Maryland
Kevin Krasnow, Teton Science Schools
Heather Lukacs, Stanford University
Rebecca Martone, Center for Ocean Solutions
Lindley Mease, Center for Ocean Solutions
Zola Moon, University of Arkansas
Dustin Mulvaney, San Jose State University
Kate Mulvaney, US Environmental Protection Agency
Tuyeni Mwampamba, University of Mexico
Peter Newton, University of Michigan
Chantelise Pells, UC Davis
Simone Pulver, UC Santa Barbara
Kathleen Pusecker, University of Delaware
Matt Robbins, UC Davis
Clare Ryan, University of Washington
Nikhil Sawe, Stanford University
Emilie Stander, Raritan Valley Community College
Ariana Sutton-Grier, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Nicola Ulibarri, Stanford University
Doug Wachob, Teton Science Schools
Yen-Chu Weng, University of Washington

Resources:

Resource Title Brief Summary
Teaching socio-environmental synthesis with the case studies approach Dec 11, 2014

Article published in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences.

Go-Back Land: Restoring Abandoned Farmland and Sustaining Farm Towns (2014-1) Oct 21, 2014

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2014.

Using System Maps to Analyze Complex Social-Environmental Issues: A Case Study of Geoduck Aquaculture in the Puget Sound (2014-2) Nov 23, 2014

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2014. This case has been classroom tested and selected by SESYNC as an exemplary S-E synthesis case study.

To Fish or Not to Fish: Challenges of Managing Culturally and Ecologically Important Species (2014-3) Dec 05, 2014

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2014.

Designing an Urban Green Infrastructure Network: Balancing Biodiversity and Stakeholder Needs (2014-4) Jan 02, 2015

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2014.This case has been classroom tested.

When It Rains, It Pours: A Socio-environmental Approach to Understanding Coastal Flooding (2014-5) Jan 02, 2015

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2014. This case has been classroom tested.

A Pipeline in Paradise, Part 1: Learning the Relevant Science (2014-6) Jan 02, 2015

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2014. This case has been classroom tested.

Wildland Fire, Human Perspectives, and Fire Management in Jackson Hole, Wyoming (2014-7) Jan 02, 2015

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2014. This case has been classroom tested.

Risk Perception and Institutional Complexity in the 2014 West Virginia Chemical Spill (2014-8) Jan 02, 2015

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2014.

Multi-'steak' holder Sustainability: Reduced Deforestation and the Cattle Agreement in Brazil (2014-9) Jan 02, 2015

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2014. This case has been classroom tested.

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