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Environmental Studies

Devi Ahilya Viswavidyalaya, Indore and CEC via Swayam

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Overview

Mother earth is the most Precious gift of universe; no citizen of the earth can afford to remain aloof form the issues related to the environment. The U.G.C. decided to address the issue of environment at the undergraduate level.

“Environmental studies for undergraduates” is a common core module syllabus for environmental science at the undergraduate level and being used by every university in the country. The environmental core module has been integrated in to the teaching programmes of all undergraduate courses in higher education.

The objective of this course is to provide knowledge about multidisciplinary nature of environment, various sources of natural energy, ecosystem, social issues and the environment, etc. Students will be evaluated upon achievement in terms of academic excellence. Students will also be able to understand about the various environmental issues and problems associated with the human population and the environment.

Syllabus

COURSE LAYOUT

Weeks Weekly Lecture Topics
Week 1: CONCEPT OF ENVIRONMENT, LAND : A NATURAL RESOURCE, NATURAL RESOURCE : FOREST, THE STORY OF WATER, TREASURE OF EARTH
Week 2: GLOBAL FOOD POSITION : CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS, RENEWABLE ENERGY RESOURCES : ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT, ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT, PART-1, DAMS : BOON OR CURSE, FRESH WATER ECOLOGY, RESERVOIR ECOSYSTEM, PART-1
Week 3: RESERVOIR ECOSYSTEM, PART-2, THE CONCEPT OF ECOSYSTEM, ENERGY FLOW IN ECOSYSTEM, ECO-FRIENDLY AGRICULTURE, DESERT ECOSYSTEM, FOREST ECOSYSTEM, ECOLOGICAL SUCCESSION, FOOD WEBS & ECOLOGICAL PYRAMIDS, GRASS LAND ECOSYSTEM
Week 4: BIO-GEOGRAPHICAL CLASSIFICATION OF INDIA, NATURAL DYE, BIODIVERSITY : AN INTRODUCTION ,BIODIVERSITY AND ITS CONSERVATION, BIODIVERSITY AT GLOBAL NATIONAL AND LOCAL- LEVEL,THREATS TO BIODIVERSITY, VALUE OF BIODIVERSITY, ENDANGERED COMMON PLANT AND ANIMAL SPECIES
Week 5: INDIA AS - A MEGADIVERSITY NATION, TYPES OF NOISE POLLUTION, AIR POLLUTION, SOIL POLLUTION, EFFECTS OF NOISE POLLUTION, ROLE OF AN INDIVIDUAL IN PREVENTION OF POLLUTION, LAND SLIDES
Week 6: CYCLONE, FLOOD, EARTH QUAKES AND DISASTER MANAGEMENT, THE CHANGING NATURE OF EARTH
Week 7: BASICS OF MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE, MANAGEMENT OF MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE, AGONY OF SEAS, THE PRICE OF PANACEA - BIOMEDICAL WASTE, EFFECTS AND CONTROLS OF WATER POLLUTION
Week 8: NUCLEAR HAZARDS, INDUSTRIES & WASTE, DEALING WITH INDUSTRIAL WASTE, ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS, ENVIRONMENTAL THREATS, PUBLIC ENVIRONMENTAL AWARNESS, EHTIC'S OF ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION, ENVIRONMENTAL VALUES
Week 9: INDIAN LEGISLATIVE STEPS TO PROTECT OUR, NVIRONMENT, WATER MANAGEMENT PRACTICES, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, URBAN PROBLEMS RELATED TO ENERGY, RESETTLEMENT AND REHABILITATION
Week 10: ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE, SEX RATIO, POPULATION EXPLOSION, IMPACT OF HUMAN POPULATION ON ENVIRONMENT, INFECTIOUS DISEASES AND WATERBORNE DISEASES
Week 11: HIV/AIDS, CANCER & THE ENVIRONMENT, ENVIRONMENT AND HUMAN HEALTH, CHEMICALS IN FOOD, TYPHA : A BIO-REMEDIAL PLANT, CASTOR BEAN, PINUS
Week 12: MALARIA, MACHLA : A SERENE VILLAGE, THE SECRET OF TASTE – CHILLI, COMMON AVENUE – TREES, COMMON VILLAGE TREES, FLOWER - THE BEAUTIFUL GIFT OF NATURE, SILK COTTON TREE : KAPOK, COTTON YARN

Taught by

Dr. Tushar Banerjee

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