Ecology, Economics, and Ethics: Experiential Learning Log

Summary: The experiential learning log contributes a Course Enrichment Component to ENST305 and is defined here. The log counts as six points toward your grade and is due by class time on December 10, 2014.

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Ecology, Economics, and Ethics supports the Ramapo College Mission Statement commitment to a Course Enrichment Component. This course requires that all students demonstrate a capacity to interpret economic affairs related to the themes of ENST305 as reported in the public media.

You must demonstrate the fulfillment of an experiential learning component as the required Course Enrichment Component for Ecology, Economics, and Ethics, ENST305. Please obtain a dedicated tablet or notebook or use digital files such as word processing documents within which you maintain a journal of your experiential learning as defined here.

Each student will document this activity through the log that is submitted on or before class time on December 17. The log counts as six points toward the final grade. Expect to demonstrate at least five hours of effort, or at least thirty minutes per week, to this assignment.

Specifically, the experiential learning log supports the practice goal of the course, as presented in the syllabus: demonstrate how to promote the practice of economics, ecology, and ethics.

The Experiential Learning Log

Choose carefully an industry, company (or related group of companies), or service organization. Track how these industries, companies, or service organizations adopt specific policies and practices that produce products and services that may promote or that may undermine sustainability. After you identify such industries, companies, or organizations, track them throughout the semester. You are encouraged to select industries or service organizations that are of interest to you, perhaps as a career choice. Please examine these sources to discover potential candidates for your log:

Your log should provide a series of dated entries that demonstrate your outside reading. Each entry should include the title of the entry, the date accessed, the source citation, and a brief summary of the article. The summary should explain the point of the reading and should also include your brief response. Two paragraphs should suffice for each entry. Your response should speak to the themes of the course: ecology, economics, and ethics. I estimate that each entry will take about twenty minutes, so anticipate a total of fifteen entries. This is the equivalent of five hours. Please distribute the entries evenly throughout the semester.

Initiating and Maintaining the Log

Please send to me an e-mail before class on September 24 that informs me of your choice for this assignment: Please indicate your choice of industry, company or group, or service organization. The mail should also tell me the format for your experiential learning log:

This assignment will be finalized and provided to the instructor by the end of the day, December 17, 2014.

You should bring your log to class, or send me copies of your computer file as mail attachments. I will occasionally ask to peruse the log and will provide feedback. You are invited to show me your log before or after class.


Please regard your log as a learning opportunity that supplements and complements the class learning. Focus on the actual economic practices that either encourage or undermine sustainability. You will work without constant supervision but can expect to spend at least five hours during the semester on this assignment.

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