Working with Our Environment OpenCourseWare: A Free Undergraduate Environmental Management Class by The Open University

Published Feb 04, 2009

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Can humans exist without damaging their enivronment? This is one question examined in the course materials for 'Working With Our Environment - An Introduction' offered by The Open University. This free introductory OpenCourseWare looks at the interaction among humans, technology and nature, and the effects of technology on the environment.

Working With Our Environment - An Introduction: Course Specifics

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Working With Our Environment - An Introduction: Course Description

'Working With Our Environment - An Introduction' explores the impact of technology on the environment, specifically looking at ozone depleting pollutants and fossil fuels. Readings discuss the relationship between technology and the environment, the relationship between humans and nature, the impact of the Industrial Revolution and more recent changes in attitude towards the environment. Three case studies take an in depth look at the effects of refrigeration on the environment. The readings go on to discuss potential responses and solutions to some environmental concerns. Andy Northedge's The Sciences Good Study Guide, published by Open University Worldwide, is a recommended accompaniment to the course materials. Approximately 11 hours are necessary to complete the coursework.

Course materials include online notes, a glossary, exercises and self-assessment questions, case studies, a list of references, unit outlines and a discussion forum. To download the free course materials, visit the environmental management course page.

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