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Report: Global Crisis and Disabling Analysis

 

The course syllabus defines an essay that synthesizes your learning on Part One of ENST209:  The Global Crisis and Disabling Analysis Essay. Please clearly define and use the concept of sustainability, explaining how sustainability has emerged from the global ecological crisis, as well as interconnected social and economic crises. In doing so, you will clearly describe examples of disabling. That is, you will try to answer the nagging question of why humans have allowed their home planet to be destroyed and acquiesced to the inequities and ideology involved in our economic system. How could we do that? Disabling explains how we have entered a system that deprives us of choice and power and where our abilities become irrelevant. Experts decide for us. Draw heavily upon your course readings, lectures, movies and discussions, citing in your text and in a bibliography. The resulting paper should be around 8 pages.

 

Your assignment is to show how the global crisis and the disabling analysis interconnects with its constituent social, economic, and ecological components. This demonstrates your learning in the first part of ENST209. The essay is due on or before class on October 28.

 

We will discuss the essay in class. We try to frame an assignment that both focuses your study and learning and provides a reliable grading instrument. By giving the assignment early, we intend to guide your note-taking and your learning as you encounter the material. 

 

You are asked to provide your synopsis of this section of the course through the assignments found in the schedule for global crisis and disabling analysis. As indicated below, you must include at least six references. One way to frame the essay is to imagine how you would explain the global crisis as depicted in the course material to the next generation. 

 

The essay on the first section of the course challenges you to integrate your learning within an essay of 8 double-spaced pages with 12-point font. Key points to consider in the essay are these:

  • Use all the course material, such as the Anthropocene article, the films, the guests, the lectures, and the excerpts from Professor Edelstein's book. There is much to draw upon, so use the course material to inform your essay.
  • In your response, try to answer the underlying question of why humans have allowed their home planet to be destroyed and have acquiesced to the inequities and ideology involved in our economic system. That is, explain how we have entered a system that deprives us of choice and power and where our abilities become irrelevant -- thedisabling analysis. The framework and analysis in Professor Edelstein's Contaminated Communities should guide your thinking. 
  • Describe the nature of the contemporary global crisis as an interconnection of ecological, social, and economic aspects. Provide specific information where and when you can, including facts from Brown, Plan B 4.0, and references from the class readings and discussion.
  • Explain how the sustainability crisis we now face has emerged from the global ecological crisis, as well as interconnected social and economic crises.

 

The essay draws upon these topics from the syllabus and the schedule: World Sustainability, the global crisis, and the disabling analysis. This assignment counts as 30% of your final grade and is evaluated on these three criteria, 10 points each. The table below indicates how we will approach grading on the three criteria. Note that we may pro-rate between the scoring categories.

 

Depth, creativity and critical thinking

Integration

Content and sources


You will analyze the topic so as to reveal depth of understanding and your ability to think through the essential issues pertaining to the topic.


You will do a thorough analysis of the sustainability crises.


You will also do a thorough disabling analysis addressing why the sustainability crisis is perpetuated.

You will weave together various sources, including reading and observations/experience, into a tight, logical, well composed essay.


Writing effectiveness will be graded within the integration criterion. We will comment on your writing. The paper should avoid spelling and grammatical errors and be well presented. In severe cases of papers that are poorly presented, we reserve the right to reject papers pending consultation with the Center for Academic Success

Students will show mastery of assigned course texts, other readings and materials.

All sources shall be properly cited in the text and provide a bibliography using either MLA or APA format. Provide at least six sources from the course assignments.

 

Source material from books, journals, government documents, selective web sites and other appropriate sources may be utilized to support your conclusions and demonstrate your grasp of the topic.

 


10 Points Scope and depth for coverage of both parts excellent

10 Points if integration and writing excellent

10 points if excellent and thorough use of course and outside materials properly cited

8 Points Scope and depth for coverage of both parts very good

8 Points if integration and writing very good

8 points if very good use of course and outside materials properly cited

6 Points Scope and depth for coverage of both parts good

6 Points if integration and writing good

6 points if good use of course and outside materials properly cited

4 Points Scope and Depth for coverage of both parts fair

4 Points if integration and writing fair

4 points if fair use of course and outside materials properly cited

2 Points Scope and Depth for coverage of both parts poor

2 Points if integration and writing poor

2 points if poor use of course and outside materials properly cited

0 points if Scope and depth for coverage of both parts extremely lacking

0 points if no integration and extremely poor writing

0 points if no use of course and outside materials properly cited

 

This assignment challenges you to engage in the literature of World Sustainability. Your task is to synthesize the themes and material of our course. The result should be a demonstration of learning unique to yourself but consistent with the goals of the course. Your essay must draw heavily upon your course readings, lectures, movies and discussions, citing in your text and in a bibliography. Aim at six or more references. Incorporate your knowledge of the relevant facts and the trends as found in the course material.

 

This essay will take time and effort. You must digest the course material and integrate the basic concepts. You must not conjure this material out of thin air, but draw upon course content. Your goal is to demonstrate learning, thought, and critical analysis.

 

Please note: We will penalize for late submission. We will deduct four points for each class by which the paper has not been submitted, starting on Monday, November 4.

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