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
The Scream No One Heard: Gender Equality, Relocation, and Environmental Decision-Making in Fiji
Author(s): Amanda Bertana and Natalie Blanton

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2019.

No such thing as a free lunch: Trade-offs of trees in grassy ecosystems
Author(s): Dillon Fogarty, Victoria Donovan, Conor Barnes, and Daniel Uden

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2019.

Big Sandy, Montana: Built on Sand or Food? (Module 1)
Author(s): Roland Ebel and Alexandra Thornton

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2019.

Can we have healthy living environments in mining-impacted river basins?
Author(s): Courtney Cooper, Valerie Wade, and Chloe Wardropper

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2019.

Sprawleigh: Generating Sustainable Solutions for Urbanization Impacts
Author(s): Megan Lupek and Meredith Hovis

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2019.

Sustainably Managing a Hawaiian Nearshore Marine Resource
Author(s): Chelsie W. W. Counsell

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2019.

Sustainable Seafood Certification Labels - The Case For and Against Menhaden
Author(s): Kelvin D. Gorospe, Paul Carvalho, Lauren Josephs, and Austin Humphries

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2019.

An Introduction to Socio-Environmental Systems: Harvesting Wild Aguaje Fruit in Peru
Author(s): Chelsie Romulo

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2019.

Socio-Environmental Synthesis for Water Quality Study: Toxic Contaminants in Our Tap Water and Water Use Policy (2017-7)
Author(s): Tolessa Deksissa, Gulnihal Ozbay, Shobha Sriharan, and Neil James

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2017. This case has been classroom tested.

Addressing environmental degradation and climate change in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria (2017-6)
Author(s): Oluseyi Olutoyin Olugbire

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2017. 

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