Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
703004232014ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS IN TURKEYElective474
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
The aim of this course is provide student to comprehend environment problems those bring out from rapidly developing industry production and intense and accelerating urbanization processes in Turkey. The second aim is providing them propose and debate some reasonable solutions to these environmental and its derivative social and eco-politic problems.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Doç. Dr. Arife KARADAĞ
Learning Outcomes
1Perception to environment, ecosystem, natural equilibrium, pollution and degradation concepts and to understand methods and geographical approaches used in environment researches.
2To be able to evaluate environment components (soil, vegetation, topography, geomorphologic features, social environment) with their weak and strong aspects.
3To able to interpret and explain relations between population increase-development and environment components.
4To be able to create alternative local and regional proposals to environment problems and to evaluate environmental assessment throughout geographical thought.
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
None
Recommended Optional Programme Components
None
Course Contents
Definitions and concepts: Environment, ecology, ecosystem; Pollution resources and effective geographical factors; Air pollution and air quality in Turkey; Water quality and water pollution in Turkey; Soil pollution and soil degradation in Turkey; Nuclear pollution in Turkey; EU-Turkey Environment policies.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
1Introduction, general knowledge about the course and proposal for sources. Definition of environment, ecosystem, natural equilibrium, pollution and degradation and explanation of research methods used in environment problems.Statement
2Environment, ecosystem, human ecology-geography relation, components of ecosystem and their significance for sustainability.Statement
3Pollution-degradation concepts, pollution sources and effective geographical factors.Statement
4Degradation of air pollution and air pollution: precondition processes and precautions for it.Statement
5Definition of aquatic environment, water quality, water pollution, effective geographical factors, problems and solutions.Project presantation
6Soil pollution, land degradation: effective geographical factors, problems and solutions.Statement
7Main soil problems and their reasons in TurkeyProject presantation
8Term exam
9Erosion: definition, types, formation processes, geographical factors.Statement
10Misuse of land: reasons, problems and solutionsStatement
11Exemption of natural resources-Energy production processes and environmentStatement
12Fieldwork (Soma coal base-Thermal power plant area) Fieldtrip
13Nuclear pollution in Turkey and in the worldStatement
14Natural production studies and integrative environment management in the world and TurkeyStatement
15Comparative EU-Turkey environment policies and applications.Debate and presentation of homework
16Final exam
Recommended or Required Reading
Source books: ERİNÇ S, 1986, Arazi Kullanımı ve Degredasyon Faliyetleri, İ.Ü. yay., İstanbul. FISHER James (Ed.), 1992, Geography and Development –A World Regional Approach, Macmillan Publ., Other references: TÜRKİYE ÇEVRE SORUNLARI VAKFI , 1999, Türk Çevre Mevzuatı (II cilt) , TÇS Vakfı Yay., Ankara. ÇEPEL Necmettin, 1992, Doğa Çevre Ekoloji ve İnsanlığın Ekolojik Sorunları, Altın Kitaplar Yay., İstanbul. GUPTA Avijit, 1993, Üçüncü Dünya Ülkelerinde Çevre ve Kalkınma, Kabalcı yay., İstanbul. KELEŞ R.- HAMAMCI C., 1998, Çevrebilim, İmge Kitabevi, Ankara. KELEŞ R., 1992, İnsan, Çevre, Toplum, İmge Kitabevi, Ankara. NOMAN Oman, 1996, Economic Development and Environmental Policy, Kegan Paul Publ., London. NORRIS R.- HARRIES K.- VITEK J., 1982, Geography –An Introductory Perspective, A Bell &Howell Company, Columbus, Toronto, London, Sydney.
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Activities are given in detail in the section of "Assessment Methods and Criteria" and "Workload Calculation"
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
SUM0
End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
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Language of Instruction
Turkish
Work Placement(s)
None
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination122
Final Examination122
Field Work11010
Seminar21020
Criticising Paper5525
Individual Study for Mid term Examination11010
Individual Study for Final Examination11010
Reading8540
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)119
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
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* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
 
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