Course: Introduction to Environmentalistics

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Course title Introduction to Environmentalistics
Course code KCH/ENV
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements Course does not contain work placement
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Štrojsová Martina, RNDr. Ph.D.
  • Šedlbauer Josef, prof. Ing. Ph.D.
Course content
1) The relationship of civilization and the environment in history Deforestation, agriculture, soil erosion, urbanization, industrialization. Historical examples of environmental disasters and long-term sustainable solutions environmnentálních problems. 2) Ecological principles and laws Ecology as a science, its tools and limits. Basic ecological principles. Components of the environment, availability and consumption of resources - energy, materials, water, air and biomass in different areas. 3) Global problems: Society Growth in human population and its demands on the environment, changes in population structure, migration. Global trade, transport and communications. 4) Global challenges: Nature Climate change, biodiversity loss, introduction of toxic substances into the environment and human consequences of pollution, disruption of the ozone layer. 5) Sustainable Development Evaluating the effects of humans on the environment, environmental indicators, ecological footprint. Agenda 21 6) The Economics and Environmental Policy The economic consequences of environmental degradation, the nature of ecological economics, the principle of "polluter pays" principle, internalization of externalities. Principles of environmental law, right to information about the environment, the intergovernmental agreement. 7) The philosophical and ethical issues related to the human environment, consumer Ecology Anthropocentric, and egocentric biocentrická ethics. Assessing product life cycle, methods of reducing pollution "end of pipe", Eco-labeling, consumer protection responsibility. Free seminars follow the lectures and allow a deeper discussion of selected issues. The main part of the seminar is a joint work (in 2-4 membered groups of students) entered the project, its presentation and defense. Topics related projects Environmental and tools to influence the process. Generally includes a description of the environmental problem, clarifying the positions of all parties to the conflict-related environmental and design possible solutions.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Dialogue metods(conversation,discussion,brainstorming)
  • Class attendance - 28 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
This subject introduces environmental sciences, provides guidance in finding connections between known biotic and abiotic aspects of natural processes and learns the tools, which is available to society at local and global level for affecting the environment. The aim is obtain an overview in the field and motivation. Students can deepen acquired knowledge in other related compulsory elective courses.
To understand the basics of environmental science, to know locally and globally available tools for the society for affecting the environment state.
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Assessment methods and criteria
Student's performance analysis, Oral presentation of self-study

The basis for obtaining credit is accompanied by activity in the processing and presentation of the project. If this activity is evaluated less than 50% points, an alternative way to get a positive credit rating is at an oral colloquium on the lecture topics.
Recommended literature
  • Diamond, Jared. Kolaps. Proč společnosti přežívají či zanikají. Praha, Academia, 2008.
  • Giddens, Anthony. Unikající svět (jak globalizace mění náš život). Praha, 2000.
  • Goudie, A. The Human Impact on the Natural Environment. Oxford, Blackwell Publishers, 1994.
  • Kotovicová, J. a kol. Vybrané kapitoly z environmentalistiky. Brno, MZLU., 2009. ISBN 978-80-7375-285-9.
  • Mezřický, Václav. Environmentální politika a udržitelný rozvoj. Praha, Portál, 2008.
  • Moldan, B.:. Podmaněná planeta.. Praha, 2009.
  • Moldan, Bedřich. Ekologická dimenze udržitelného rozvoje. Praha, Karolinum, 2007.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Science, Humanities and Education Study plan (Version): Education in Leisure Time (20) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Summer
Faculty: Faculty of Science, Humanities and Education Study plan (Version): Education in Leisure Time (20) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Summer