DU Environmental Studies Syllabus Compulsory Core Module


DU Environmental Studies Syllabus Compulsory Core Module:

DU Environmental Studies Syllabus Compulsory Core Module, DU Environmental Studies Syllabus, DU Exam Pattern Environmental studies, DU Environmental Studies Paper-1 syllabus,Paper-2 syllabus DU Environmental studies

The University of Delhi (DU), Environmental Studies is introduced by the UGC as the subject for under graduate students. The Environmental Studies subject is adopted by the DU. The Environmental Studies subject is to be taught in the 1st year of Bachelor’s course.

Delhi University Environmental Studies Syllabus 2015

Delhi University Environmental Studies Paper 2015

The Environmental studies will be included as a normal subjects and pass the examination of Environmental Studies subject is mandatory for all UG courses students who are studied under the DU.

University of Delhi Environmental Studies Exam pattern

The scheme of examination planned by the UGC and it has been approved by the  Vice-Chancellor along with the syllabus of the course under section 11(5) of KU Act.

Paper Parts Type Marks
Paper-I Part A Short Answer Pattern 25 marks
Part B Essay type with inbuilt choice 50 marks
Paper-II Part C Field Work (Practical) 25 marks

DU Environmental Studies Syllabus Compulsory Core Module

Unit 1 : Multidisciplinary nature of environmental studies

Definition, scope and importance, need for public awareness

Unit 2 : Natural Resources :

Renewable and non-renewable resources :

Natural resources and associated problems

  1. a) Forest resources : Use and over-exploitation, deforestation, case studies. Timber extraction, mining, dams and their effects on forest and tribal people.
  2. b) Water resources : Use and over-utilization of surface and ground water, floods, drought, conflicts over water, dams-benefits and problems.
  3. c) Mineral resources : Use and exploitation, environmental effects of extracting and using mineral resources, case studies.
  4. d) Food resources : World food problems, changes caused by agriculture and overgrazing, effects of modern agriculture, fertilizer-pesticide problems, water logging, and Salinity.
  5. e) Energy resources : Growing energy needs, renewable and non renewable energy

Sources, use of alternate energy sources

  1. 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

Unit 3 : Ecosystems

  • Concept 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 the following ecosystems :-
  1. Forest ecosystem
  2. Grassland ecosystem
  3. Desert ecosystem
  4. Aquatic ecosystems (ponds, streams, lakes, rivers, oceans, estuaries)

Unit 4 : Biodiversity and its conservation

  • Introduction – Definition : genetic, species and ecosystem diversity
  • Biogeographically classification of India
  • Value of biodiversity : consumptive use, productive use, social, ethical, aesthetic and option values
  • Biodiversity at global, National and local levels
  • India as a mega-diversity nation
  • Hot-sports of biodiversity
  • Threats to biodiversity : habitat loss, poaching of wildlife, man-wildlife conflicts
  • Endangered and endemic species of India
  • Conservation of biodiversity : In-situ and Ex-situ conservation of biodiversity

Unit 5 : Environmental Pollution

  • Cause, effects and control measures of :-
  1. Air pollution
  2. Water pollution
  3. Soil pollution
  4. Marine pollution
  5. Noise pollution
  6. Thermal pollution
  7. Nuclear hazards
  • Solid waste Management : Causes, effects 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 landslides

Unit 6 : Social Issues and the Environment

  • From Unsustainable to Sustainable development
  • Urban problems related to energy
  • Water conservation, rain water harvesting, watershed management
  • Resettlement and rehabilitation of people; its problems and concerns
  • Environmental ethics : Issues and possible solutions
  • 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

Unit 7 : Human Population and the Environment

  • Population growth, variation among nations
  • Population explosion – Family Welfare Programme
  • 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

 Unit 8 : Field work

  • Visit to a local area to document environmental assets river/forest/grassland/hill/mountain
  • Visit to a local polluted site-Urban/Rural/Industrial/Agricultural
  • Study of common plants, insects, birds
  • Study of simple ecosystems-pond, river, hill slopes, etc

Note: Those students who will not qualify the examination of Environmental studies subject examination will not be awarded with degree.

For more details visit the official website of University of Delhi : www.du.ac.in for the latest & quicker updates about the syllabus of Environmental Studies.

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