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Case Study Collection



Participants of the Teaching Socio-Environmental (S-E) Synthesis with Case Studies short course have developed a collection of case studies, each focusing on learning goals critical for understanding and practicing S-E synthesis. These case studies provide information about the case itself, detailed teaching notes, and all materials to be used with students in the activity. Many provide suggestions for ways to modify the activities to suit different time constraints, levels, or course goals. The durations of these cases range from a small number of class periods to entire semesters. Several of these cases have been tested in the classroom and/or peer reviewed.

Unless otherwise noted in the case studies, reproduction of these materials is authorized for non-profit/non-commercial educational use only. All reproduction or distribution must provide full citation of the original work and provide a copyright notice as follows:

“Copyright 2015, by the authors of the material, with license for use granted to the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center. All rights reserved.”

Any opinions, findings and conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these materials are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of SESYNC.

Case Study Collection
Ecosystems, Economics, and Equity in the Floodplain (2013-5)
Author(s): Sandra Laurine Cooke, High Point University; Alicia Claire Lloyd, Southern Illinois University, Adelle Dora Monteblanco, University of Colorado Boulder; and Silvia Secchi, Southern Illinois University

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2013. This case has been tested in a classroom.

Community-Based Management and Conservation in Africa (2013-4)
Author(s): Narcisa Pricope, Susan Caplow, and Andrea E. Gaughan

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2013. This case has been peer-reviewed and published in the National Center for Case study Teaching in Science. This case has been classroom tested.

Pollinators in Chicago (2013-3)
Author(s): Kelly Garbach, Loyola University Chicago; Tania Schusler, Loyola University Chicago; Ping Jing, Loyola University Chicago; and Dustin Herrmann, University of California-Davis

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2013. This case has been classroom tested.

Harnessing Wastewater for Renewable Energy (2013-2)
Author(s): Aaron Adalja, University of Maryland, and Chalida U-tapao, University of Maryland

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2013. This case has been classroom tested.

Save the Turtles! And the Grizzlies? Or the Woodpeckers? Prioritizing Endangered Species Conservation (2013-1)
Author(s): Judy Che-Castaldo, SESYNC; William Burnside, SESYNC; and Cynthia Wei, SESYNC

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2013. This case has been tested in a classroom and revised on Sept. 15, 2015

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