1-1: Overview of Global Change

1-1: En Español 1-1: Em Português

Importance of this Unit to the Course

In this unit we provide an overview of the changes occurring in the global environment and discuss the importance of understanding these issues in order to make informed choices in our patterns of personal use of earth's resources and to make informed choices in selecting political and economic leaders who are mindful of global change issues.


Preparation for Discussion (You must complete this section before class.)

  1. Read the summary information. (Print text for offline review; images only)
  2. Take the Quiz over the summary information. (see your portfolio)
  3. Review additional reading material (this material is not covered in the quiz, but offers more ideas for online discussion)

Discussion (online / face-to-face) (See your portfolio for due dates and times)

A major component of the course is participation in the online dialog. The following types of comments are required:

The following may be used as discussion starters for the online dialog:

Additional Reading