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LBST 307: Children and the Environment (Summer 2020)

Final Project Guidelines


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This project gives you an opportunity to research and envision action research practices for a specific topic related to the challenges presented by climate change to children.

Project Components

 There are three parts to this project:

  • Part I is a one page research paper proposal in essay format, due Sunday, July 26 at 11:55 p.m.
  • Parts II and III are based on the same climate change topic and are due by Saturday, August 8, by 11:55 p.m.  Turn these in together, as one seven page document on the provided Turnitin link.
    • Part II is a five page research paper in essay format on children (including youth and adolescents) and climate change, and
    • Part III is a two page Youth Participation essay which draws upon the climate change topic explored in your research paper to imagine use of participatory and action research techniques with adolescents.


Topics to consider for Parts I and II:

  • Activism/leadership
  • Affordances
  • Black Lives Matter
  • Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)
  • Border area
  • Child Rights (not 4th Guiding Principle)
  • Climate Justice
  • COVID Pandemic
  • Disease
  • Diversity
  • Education
  • Environmental justice
  • Environmental/ecosystem adaptation
  • Equity
  • Generational Inequality
  • Globalization
  • Health
  • Immigration
  • Housing
  • Indigenous populations
  • Intersectional Environmentalism
  • Mental health
  • Migration
  • Play
  • Poverty in the developing world
  • Poverty in the U.S.
  • Legal status (refugees, deportation, asylum)
  • Schools
  • Social justice
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Species extinction
  • War

For full assignment guidelines, please refer to Cougar Courses.