28 Feb Approaches to the learning of environmental systems and societies (2)
Local and global material
The course requires the study of environmental systems and societies at a range of scales from local to global, but the teaching of the course should be rooted in the local environment. There are many references in the syllabus to the local example, and the fieldwork is based on local ecosystems. A national and regional perspective is appropriate for the study of certain issues such as resource management and pollution management. Many environmental systems and societies issues are international in nature, such as management of the oceans. The course leads students to an appreciation of the nature of the international dimension, since the resolution of the major environmental issues rests upon international agreements.
Use of information and communication technology
Although the use of information and communication technology is not an assessment requirement in environmental systems and societies, it is strongly encouraged. The application of ICT is integral in both practical and theory work. This can range from the use of scientific calculators as data collection devices to the development of laboratory and field-based electronic data, measuring and recording equipment. GPS allow for exploitation of ideas of space and relative location. The great range of themes can be studied this way within the environmental systems and societies syllabus.
Students should also be allowed to explore and utilize the data, information and software available on the World Wide Web. However, the students are encouraged to develop the skills necessary to evaluate this data and information critically.