Portfolio Exercise For Linked Environmental
Geology and Human Geography Course.
This will be a group project, with 4 people to a group. Portfolio groups.
There will be an initial opportunity to self organize into
a group. After that we will assign you to a group. If you self
organize you must tell us who is in your group.
In addition, your group should chose a country to do your portfolio
For a variety of reasons the U.S. is off limits for this exercise.
Each group must do a unique country. Countries on a first come
first serve basis. We will post a list of 'taken' countries on
the web. Think of back-ups in case your first choice is already
There will be a group participation component to the grade.
Group participants will assess each other's participation in the
Your portfolio should be organized around one of the following
- a) You are siting a nuclear power plant in the country in
- b) You are doing an environmental inventory for a new environmental
group in order to devise action plans.
- c) You are siting a large hospital for the Red Cross (a new
- d) You are planning for a major oil pipeline that will cross
- e) You are providing information to a team interested in
investing money in ecotourism in your country for a major venture
capitalist in Russia.
Possible components of the portfolio:
- information on countries economic base (industry, agriculture,
trading partners, who owns what, type of development).
- environmental assets
- environmental concerns.
- environmental law.
- cultural and religious attitudes to environment; cultural
and religious attitudes that might have an impact on your venture.
- case histories (e.g. of a past flood that demonstrates potential
future problems, or important legal precedents that were set.)
- A 15 minute class presentation (all group members should
take part). (5 pts.)
- A written document of 6-8 pages of text (double spaced, font
12, one inch margins), and as many maps and diagrams as you need.
Sources should be cited in the text and a list of references
cited given at the end. (35 pts.)