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
Our Coffee Conundrum: The Socio-Environmental Issues of our Cultural Addiction
Author(s): Dustin Wilgers

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

To Plant or Not to Plant? Regulating Invasive Plant Species in the Mid-Atlantic States
Author(s): Lea R. Johnson

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

Using Existing Data to Improve Community Forestry Outcomes
Author(s): Sarah Wilson, Reem Hajjar, Laura Vang Rasmussen

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2016.

The FiNile Solution
Author(s): Hoda Mostafa, Mahmoud Shaltout, Sherif Osman, Tamer Shoeib

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2016.

The Three-Wattled Bellbird: Corridor, Conservation, and Costa Rica
Author(s): Jennifer Penner, Peter Gess, Noelle Beckman

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2016.

Water pollution in Zirahuen Lake (Michoacan, Mexico)
Author(s): Ana Yesica Martinez Villalba, Cynthia Armendariz Arnez

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2016. This case study includes a Spanish version.

Managing Prairie Dogs for Ferret Reintroduction
Author(s): A.M. Aramati Casper, Dorothy P. Hill, Melanie K. Rathburn

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2016. 

Shaping Urban FUTURES
Author(s): Jennifer Koch

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2016. 

From Budgets to Boilers: Yale University's Experiment in Internal Carbon Pricing
Author(s): Minna Brown, Thuy Phung

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2016.

Hybrid Maize Production and Climate Variability in Zambia
Author(s): Kurt B. Waldman

This resource was developed as part of the Teaching Socio-Environmental Synthesis with Case Studies short course, held at SESYNC in July 2016.

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