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ENVRMT-101 - Introduction to Environmental Studies - Nazanin Naraghi

Course:Introduction to Environmental Studies
Professor:Nazanin Naraghi
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 5 Week


Hi everyone! I’m Dr. Nazanin Naraghi. I’ve taught at College of the Canyons since 2014 both in the Geography department and in Environmental Studies. This is an engaging and dynamic course that requires enthusiasm and commitment. Keeping up with the readings is essential and your scholarly involvement in class discussion is indispensable. We use two low cost texts for this class The Sixth Extinction (Kolbert) and Collapse (Diamond) which costs about thirty dollars. This course will be conducted both synchronously using Zoom to for live discussion sessions AND asynchronously meaning that you will work through the weekly modules at your own discretion. Each week on Sundays your module for the week will be made available to you. Assignments will be due on Thursdays (discussions) and Sundays (class assignments, quizzes, papers, presentations). Canvas will also be utilized to complete course assignments, take quizzes and tests, keep track of grades, and access course study materials. 

Course Description

Introduces the use of the Earth's natural resources by human civilizations; the roles that economics, ethics, law, history, politics, culture, class, race, gender inequity and uneven economic development have played in resource use and distribution; as well as career opportunities in environmental studies.


By the end of this course you will be able to:


  • Analyze complex environmental and sustainability issues from a variety of perspectives
  • Critically analyze and address environmental challenges
  • Effectively communicate environmental and sustainability issues and solutions through scientific and non-scientific writing
  • Recognize and engage in practices that work toward social and environmental justice

What to Expect in this Course

Students should expect to complete a minimum of 16-18 hours of class work per week to be successful in this course. This includes:


4 to 16 hours per week of textbook readings, watching lecture videos, and going through lecture slides.

4 hours per week of quizzes, discussion boards, assignments, research papers, tests and presentations.

Textbook Information: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History ISBN-13: 978-1250062185

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed  Penguin Books; Revised edition (January 4, 2011)

Types of Assessments

Students will be assessed using weekly class discussions, quizzes, assignments, one paper, two tests, and one presentation.

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

Textbook Title: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History ISBN-13: 978-1250062185
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed Penguin Books; Revised edition (January 4, 2011)

Other Relevant Course Information

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History ISBN-13: 978-1250062185

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed  Penguin Books; Revised edition (January 4, 2011)

Cost estimate: thirty dollars

Access to Netflix (we can always discuss if this is a barrier)

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

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Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

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Last updated: 10/22/2021 Sub#: 914