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
Using System Maps to Analyze Complex Social-Environmental Issues: A Case Study of Geoduck Aquaculture in the Puget Sound
Author(s): Kate K. Mulvaney, Simone Pulver, Clare M. Ryan, Yen-Chu Weng

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 selected by SESYNC as an exemplary S-E synthesis case study.

Go-Back Land: Restoring Abandoned Farmland and Sustaining Farm Towns
Author(s): Mark Brunson

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

A Case Study on Ocean Acidification
Author(s): Sindia Rivera-Jimenez

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

A River Runs Through It: Socio-Environmental Synthesis as a Means for Preparing Ecological Restoration Goals- Glen Canyon Dam and the Colorado River
Author(s): John Graham

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

Regulation of Estrogen in Water Management Facilities
Author(s): Helen Smith

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

Cowboys and Aliens: Cheatgrass Invasion in Wyoming
Author(s): Kristen Gunther

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

Perspectives on the Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Fishery
Author(s): Marcia Allen Owens, Jolvan Morris

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

The Blind Spot in the Green Revolution: Temples, Terraces & Rice Farmers of Bali
Author(s): Cynthia Wei, William Burnside, Judy Che-Castaldo

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

The Rivas Case Study
Author(s): Sofia Olivero Lora, Elvia Meléndez-Ackerman

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

Climate Resilient Agricultural Choices
Author(s): Saleh Ahmed, Vera Bissinger

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

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