This course uses a web-based learning package to enable students
to learn independently. The specific objective of the package
is to develop a teaching concept which assists students attain
a deeper understanding and an ability to critically analyse the
social dimensions of environmental issues by enabling the students
to independently explore concepts and issues and to interactively
access references, information and primary material to help them
with tutorial preparation and other assignments.
This material from various media including television, radio,
newspaper clippings and magazine articles as well as excerpts
from books and articles, tables, graphs, text and other relevant
information. It is pluralist in philosophy providing access not
only to relevant information, but also to a range of views, philosophies
and analytic approaches that can be applied to environmental problems.
An important objective is to encourage those who participate in
the course to undertake independent examination of environmental
issues and problems and to come to their own conclusions and solutions.
The students can access the web-based component of the course
on university computers and from home using a modem and an internet
provider. It is designed to be user friendly and does not assume
any knowledge of computers beforehand. Tutorials will be given
in week 2 to ensure all students will be confident to use the
web material. Students will be expected to familiarise themselves
with material in the package.
The aim of this type of web-based assisted learning is to:
- promote active rather than passive learning
- motivate students
- enable students to learn at their own pace
- allow students choice of which topics and aspects they will
cover in more depth
- cater to those students who are more visually oriented and
who are often disadvantaged by a more textual or verbal approach
- promote critical thinking and analysis of complex issues
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