Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Fall ‘09 SYLLABUS. Environmental Center, Self Reliant House
INSTRUCTOR: ROBIN FREEMAN 510-434-3840, robinf5713@aol.com

Recommended texts (not required): The Complete Guide to Environmental Careers. Island Press; and What Color is Your Parachute?, 10 Speed Press

Course Requirements:
Environmental Careers is a required core course for Environmental Studies majors. It may be taken for 1) a letter grade (required of majors or for transfer grade point average), 2) for Credit (no grade, gives transfer elective units), or
3) No Credit (does not affect transcript). For those taking a letter grade, the course is self-grading.

1) Course attendance, 2) a minimum of 4 hours volunteer work for any environment related organization or firm, 3) an Informational Interview or Research Report on an environmental career are required for a letter grade. There will be brief evaluations of the interview and volunteer/intern projects (see due dates). An Environmental Career Portfolio will be developed during the course.

Your volunteer work can be for the Environmental Program at Merritt or at a location of your choosing which willing to have you for a short period of time.
Some organizations would rather have you for at least a full day. Of course, you are welcome to put in more than four hours. You should choose work that is interesting to you and fits into your career development. There will be listings available in class or from the Harbinger File, the Ecology Center on San Pablo Avenue in Berkeley and numerous government agencies.

Sep 14, 10am to 1pm - Introduction to the course, Class Introduction Interviews
Sep 21, 10am to 1pm - Preference Profiles, Environ. Careers Slide presentation
Sep 27- Sunday 10am- 4:30pm Bring bag lunch, 5 Year Plan, Strategy A and B,
Resume, History of Work, guest. To accommodate religious services, you may attend the afternoon only.
Break time for Interviews and Mini-internship
Oct 1910am to 1pm Reports on interviews/internships due, discussion/task,
Oct 2610am to 1pm Reports continued, discussion, evaluation.

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