Course code VidZ1032
Faculty Faculty of History and Philosophy, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Geography and Earth Sciences, Vice Rector for Studies, Faculty of Computing, Faculty of Physics, Mathematics and Optometry, Faculty of Theology, Faculty of Biology, Faculty of Education, Psychology and Art, Faculty of Business, Management and Economics, Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Social Sciences
Credit points, number of lectures
Credit points ECTS Credit points Total number of auditorium hours Number of lecture hours Number of seminars and practical work hours Number of student independent work hours
1 1.5 16 14 2 24
E-courses 2VID1032: Environment protection 2VID1032-21120-21122: Environment protection 2VID1032-MAG: Environment protection
Course annotation The aim of the course is to provide basic knowledge of environmental science, its interdisciplinary nature and applications. In course are described potential impacts of human activities and their influence to environment, as well as importance not only about direct impacts, but also indirect effects and possible cumulative effects to nature. Environmental science and their functions are described using systemic approach about element and energy fluxes, as well as explaining different protection strategies of nature and ecosystems. Environmental degradation and effects of climate change caused by the society with unsustainable usage of resources and management methods will be analysed, also will be shown sustainable development goals and existing experience, applications. The course provides general knowledge of environmental processes, the impact of human activities on them and potential solutions to existing environmental problems and preventive actions.
The purpose of the course is to provide environmental education in the study programs of higher education institutions, taking into account the provisions of the Environmental Protection Law (29.11.2006) article 42. The theoretical knowledge of environmental science and sustainable development provided in the course will enable students to participate in smart decision-making processes and predict actions to ensure economic development, sustainable principles of resource management and mining without negative impact on the environment and its quality.

The languages of instruction are Latvian and English.
Results Knowledge:
1. knows the basic principles of environmental science and the issues we are faced nowadays;
2. knows main environmental problems and their possible solutions;
3. knows issues about of human interaction with environment and potential risks;
4. understands the principles of nature protection and sustainability in solving related problems.

Skills:
5. independently develop and improve knowledge of environmental issues (main environmental problems and their possible solutions);
6. is acting in the context of the circular economy and is critical of published environmental information in media;
7. complex analysis of environmental, natural, and related economic and social problems, environmental quality in Latvia and Europe.

Competencies:
8. identify nature conservation issues and address them to the appropriate level of competence;
9. implement activities in accordance with the basic principles of sustainable development;

10. apply knowledge significant environmental issues in practice.
Course plan 1. Introduction to Environmental Science. L2
2. Nature protection. L2
3. Resources. L2
4. Environmental pollution. L2
5. Climate and adaptation to climate change. L2
6. Sustainable development. L2
7. Seminar on environmental problems and their causes. S2
8. Environmental health. L2

L – Lecture,
S - Seminar
Requirements for obtaining credit points Attendance of lectures and seminars at least 80%.
The total assessment of the results achieved by students in the study course consists of:
Mid-term evaluation:
Seminar or essay (25%)
Individual assignment or test (25%)

Final exam written:
Environmental protection (50%)

Independent assignment or essay: is implemented depending on the supplementation of the competences required for the study program, in relation to environmental protection, and following the chosen and agreed topic with the lecturer.


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