MUMBAI UNIVERSITY ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES SYLLABUS

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OBJECTIVE OF THIS SUBJECT
Objective of this course is how to help environmental varieties,help using modern technology which is eco-friendly,“Preserve is better than Cure” PUBLIC AWARENESS IS IMPORTANT THINK

SYLLABUS:-

MODULE CONTENTS HOUR
1 The Multidisciplinary nature of environmental
studies Definition, scope and importance
Need for public awareness
1
2 Natural resources
Renewable and non-renewable resources
Natural resources & associated problem.
a. Forest resources: Use and over-exploitation,
deforestation, case studies. Timber
extraction, mining, dams and teir effects on
forests and tribal people.
b. Water resources: Use and over-utilization of
surface and ground water, floods, drought,
conflicts over water, dams benefits and
problems.
c. Mineral resources: Use and exploitation,
environmental effects of extracting and
using mineral resources, case studies.
d. Food resources: World food problems
overgrazing, effects of modern agriculture,
fertilizer-pesticide problems, water logging,
salinity, case studies.
e. Energy resources: Growing energy needs,
renewable and non renewable energy
sources, use of alternate energy sources.
Case studies.
f. Land resources: Land as a resource, land
degradation, man induced landslides, soil
erosion and desertification.
• Role of an individual in conservation of
natural resources.
Equitable use of resources for sustainable
lifestyles.
4
3 Ecosystems • Concepts of an ecosystem. • Structure and function of an ecosystem. • Producers, consumers and decomposers. • Energy flow in the ecosystem. • Ecological succession. • Food chains, food webs and ecological pyramids. • Introduction, types, characteristic features, structure and function of th following ecosystem: a. Forest ecosystem b. Grassland ecosystem c. Desert ecosystem d. Aquatic ecosystem (ponds, stream lakes, rivers, oceans, estuaries) 3
4 Biodiversity and its conservation
• Introduction-Definition: genetic
species and ecosystem diversity
• Bio-geographical classification
of India
• Value of biodiversity :
Consumptive use, productive use,
social, ethical, aesthetic and option
values
• Bio-diversity at global, national,
local levels
• India as a mega diversity nation
• Hot spots of bio-diversity
• Threats to biodiversity: Habitat
loss, poaching of wild life, man-
wildlife conflicts
• Endangered and endemic species
of India
4 • Conservation of biodiversity: In-
situ and Ex-situ conservation of
biodiversity
4
5 Environmental Pollution Definition –
• Causes, effects and control
measures of:
a. Air pollution
b. Water pollution
c. Soil pollution
d. Marine pollution
e. Noise pollution
f. Thermal pollution
g. Nuclear Hazards
• Solid waste management:
Causes, effect and control
measures of urban and
industrial wastes
• Role of an individual in
prevention of pollution
• Pollution case studies
• Disaster management:
floods, earthquake, cyclone
and land slides
4
6  Social issues and environment
• From unsustainable to
sustainable development
• Urban problems related to
energy
• Water conservation, rain water
harvesting, watershed
management
• Re-settlement and rehabilitation
of people: Its problems and
concerns. Case studies.
4 • Environmental ethics: issues and
possible solution
• Climate change, global warming,
acid rain, ozone layer depletion,
nuclear accidents and holocaust.
Case studies.
• Wasteland reclamation
• Consumerism and waste
products
• Environment protection act
• Air( Prevention and control of
pollution ) act
• Water ( Prevention and control
of pollution ) act
• Wildlife protection act
• Forest conservation act
• Issues involved in enforcement
of environmental legislation
• Public awareness
4
7 Human population and the environment
• Population growth, variation
among nations
• Population Explosion- family
welfare program
• Environment and human health
• Human rights
• Value education
• HIV/AIDS
• Women and child welfare
• Role of information technology
in environment and human health
• Case studies
4
8 Understanding Existence and Co-
existence
Interrelation and Cyclicity between
Material order, Bio-order, Animal order
and Human order
Understanding the human conduct :
Relationship in Family, Justice in
Relationship, Relationship of of human
with nature (environment),human
Behavior, Human Values, Nature &
Morality
Understanding the Human society:
Dimensions of Human Endeavor and
Objectives, Interrelationship in Society,
Mutual Fulfillment and Cyclicity in
nature.
4

Theory Examination: 
1. Question paper will be comprising of total 7 questions, each of 10 marks.
2. Only 5 questions need to be solved.
3. Question number 1 will be compulsory and covering the all modules.
4. Remaining questions will be mixed in nature. (e.g.- suppose Q.2 has part (a)
from, module 3 then part (b) will be from any module other than module 3.)
5. In question paper weightage of each module will be proportional to number
of respective lecture hours as mentioned in the syllabus.

Term work: 
Term work shall consist of minimum five projects (PROJECTS SHALL BE DESIGNED
ON THE SAME GUIDE- LINE OF GIVEN TEXT BOOK) and a written test. 
The distribution of marks for term work shall be as follows,
Laboratory work (Tutorial/Project and Journal) :  15 marks.
Test (at least one) :      10 marks.
The final certification and acceptance of term-work ensures the satisfactory performance
of laboratory work and minimum passing in the term-work.

Recommended Books:
Text book 
1. Erach Bharucha, text book of environmental studies, Universities Press/Orient
Blackswan

Reference book 
1 Jagdish Krishnaswami, R J Ranjit Daniels, ‘Environmental Studies”, Wiley India 
Private Ltd. New delhi
2 Anindita Basak, ‘Environmental Studies”, Pearson 
3 Deeksha Dave, “Text book of , ‘Environmental Studies”, Cengage learning, 
Thomason India edition
4 Benny Joseph , ‘Environmental Studies”, Tata McGRAW HILL 
5 D L Manjunath, , ‘Environmental Studies”,Pearson 
6 R Rajgopalan, , ‘Environmental Studies”, Oxford
7 Alok Debi, ‘Environmental science and Engineering”, University press
8. A Nagraj, Jeevan Vidya-A Primer.

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