Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies, Summer 2015

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Award Year: 
2015
Principal Investigator: 
Cynthia Wei, SESYNC
Associated Program: 

Preparing 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, multi-faceted problems that require interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to solve.

Socio-environmental (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 S-E problems. As part of SESYNC’s education efforts, a current initiative focuses on the development of the case study approach for teaching about S-E synthesis and the creation of a SESYNC case study collection.

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SESYNC will hold a four-day short course on Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies on July 28–31, 2015, at SESYNC in Annapolis, Maryland.

The goals of the short course are to:

  • Introduce participants to socio-environmental (S-E) synthesis as a problem-solving approach.
  • Engage participants in advancing the teaching of S-E synthesis and related concepts and competencies.
  • Enable participants to use a powerful and effective teaching approach, the case study method, to teach S-E synthesis.
  • Support participants in developing their own case study classroom activity that can be used in their classrooms and shared on the SESYNC website.
Participants: 
Stacy Aguilera, University of Miami
Bárbara Ayala Orozco, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Ramiro Berardo, Ohio State University
Mara Brady, California State University, Fresno
William Burnside, SESYNC
Judy Che-Castaldo, SESYNC
Lakshmi Charli-Joseph, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Jampel Dell'Angelo, SESYNC
Hallie Eakin, Arizona State University
Alana Edwards, Florida Atlantic University
Ana Escalante, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Eduardo García Frapolli, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Rachael Garrett, Boston University
Gordon Hickey, McGill University
Katherine Johnson, SESYNC
Lea Johnson, University of Maryland
Kristal Jones, SESYNC
Madhusudan Katti, California State University, Fresno
Matthew LaFevor, SESYNC
Julie Lambert, Florida Atlantic University
Teresa Lloro-Bidart, California State Polytechnic University at Pomona
Javier Mateo Vega, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Meredith Niles, Harvard University
Kirsten Oleson, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Jacob Petersen-Perlman, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Suzanne Pierce, University of Texas at Austin
Amy Richmond Krakowka, United States Military Academy, West Point
Andrew Rhys Jones, California State University, Fresno
Gautam Sethi, Bard College
Ajay Singh, Ohio State University
Ana Spalding, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Bruno Takahashi, Michigan State University
Beth Tellman, Arizona State University
Beth Weinman, California State University, Fresno
Rachel Zuercher, University of California, Santa Cruz

Resources:

Resource Title Brief Summary
Socio-Environmental Influences on Algal Blooms in the Western Lake Erie Basin (2015-1) Feb 24, 2016

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2015. This case has been classroom tested and selected by SESYNC as an exemplary S-E synthesis case study.

The Fish, the People, the Tradeoffs: Social-Ecological Coupling in the Wetfish Fishery of Monterey Bay, California (2015-2) Mar 03, 2016

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2015.

"Expanding the Pie" in the Jordan River Basin: Multiple-issue Water Negotiations(2015-3) Mar 04, 2016

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2015.

Are Eastern Fox Squirrels "Good" or "Bad" for the Greater Los Angeles Area? (2015-4) Mar 04, 2016

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

Addressing deforestation and other land-based conflicts in the frontier forests of eastern Panama: The case of REDD+ (2015-5) Mar 04, 2016

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

Balancing economic and environmental tradeoffs for dairy production in California and New Zealand (2015-6) Mar 07, 2016

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

Up in the Air: Understanding Vulnerability when Toilets Fly (2015-7) Mar 07, 2016

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2015. This case has been classroom tested and selected by SESYNC as an exemplary S-E synthesis case study.

South Florida Rising Tides: Should We Stay or Should We Go? (2015-8) Mar 08, 2016

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2015.

Social-Hydrological Risk in the Mexico City Basin (2015-9) Mar 08, 2016

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2015. This case has been classroom tested and selected by SESYNC as an exemplary S-E synthesis case study.

From Tropical Plantations to K-Cups: A socio-environmental analysis of the global journey of coffee (2015-10) Jun 15, 2016

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

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