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St. Olaf College Essay-your self-designed course


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Jan 12, 2010   #1
Could you please go over my essay and help me on the grammar.
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During Interim, students pursue a single course, often of an interdisciplinary nature. If you could design your own Interim course today, what would it be? What areas of knowledge would you combine? (250-500) (The Interim in St. Olaf is a four-week period of intensive study in one area. Interim provides an opportunity to focus students' entire attention on one course for a full month, to offer a time of study in depth.)

If I could design my own interim course, it would be the Industrial Park Course, a course that explores different aspects of industrial park from different perspectives. To have a more profound understanding of the topic, I would combine areas of management, geography, sociology and environmental science together.

Industrial parks always accompany me since I was young. My family is near a small industrial park in a small town; my high school is a stone's throw from a famous industrial park, China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP). From my unique experience with these industrial regions, I find that diverse industrial areas differ greatly from management levels and work efficiencies. Thus, the course needs to be combined with geography and management to help me understand how the development zones function and what to do to make them run more smoothly and efficiently.

I would also approach the course from a sociological perspective. As a product of human beings' wisdom, industrial parks cannot be separated from the society. When considering various matters about industrial parks, we need to put them into a context of the whole society and to take human beings into consideration. How do industrial parks promote local economies? Why those parks change people's lifestyle so much? What role do they play to social stratification? The questions could be addressed by the course with the help of sociology.

Another field that should be integrated into the course is environmental science. Nowadays, sustainability has raised serious concerns internationally due to the deteriorating environmental conditions around the world. Terms like "low-carbon" and "energy-saving" have become popular among people. Thus, the Industrial Park Course will undoubtedly involve areas of environmental sciences since industrial parks are traditional and big pollutant sources. By learning knowledge of environmental science, I would know industry's impact on human health and well being and on the whole biosphere. I believe the four areas of knowledge will make my self-designed course effective and attractive. I cannot help to carry them out if possible.
EF_Susan - / 2,364 12  
Jan 12, 2010   #2
If I could design my own interim course, it would be the Industrial Park Course, a course that explores different aspects of industrial parks from different perspectives.

To have a more profound understanding of the topic, I would combine areas of management, geography, sociology and environmental science. together.

I have been around industrial parks since I was young.

My family lives near a small industrial park in a small town...

...I find that diverse industrial areas differ greatly in management levels and work efficiencies.
...wisdom, industrial parks cannot be separated from the society.

When considering various matters concerning industrial parks, we need to put them into...

Why do those parks change people's lifestyles so much?

Terms like "low-carbon" and "energy-saving" have become popular. among people

Thus, the Industrial Park Course will undoubtedly involve areas of environmental sciences since industrial parks are traditional and big sources of pollution.

By gaining knowledge in environmental science, I would know the industry's impact on...
I cannot help but carry them out if possible.


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