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PERCEPTION OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY EDUCATION BY UNIVERSITY STUDENTS

AUTHOR/S: O. OZYARAL, A. CUBUKCU, E. KAYA
Sunday 1 August 2010 by Libadmin2010

10th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference - SGEM2010, www.sgem.org, SGEM2010 Conference Proceedings/ ISBN 10: 954-91818-1-2, June 20-26, 2010, Vol. 2, 1083-1088 pp

ABSTRACT

Being inherited from 20th century and having increasingly negative effect on our lives,
environmental problem had became inevitable part of our life. However employmentand
development-related issues had led several governments to defer the subject.
Countries including United States, China, India, Brazil, Turkey and Australia are not
eager against international environmental regulations. Private sectors of several third
world countries may threat governments and non-governmental organization to cease
their business activities or to shift their investments to other countries due to fear that
efforts and expenditures made for environment, which is in fact a corporate social
responsibility subject, will adversely affect their competitive advantages. Concurrently,
as non-governmental organizations of said countries regard the issue such that it is not
substantial subject of present time, principal problem of present age is development,
responsibility of this problem should be undertaken by developed countries as due to
very nature of the problem, the matter is arising from activities of developed countries,
said organizations are avoid from encouraging companies and governments for being
active on environmental issues. A similar approach related to present subject can be also
observed in attitudes of EU member states against membership process of candidate
states. Member States are not very willing to follow environmental regulations although
they are very sensitive about implementing Copenhagen criteria against candidate states
and even Member States provide a transition period for candidates on those topics.

Environmental problem is such complex that it cannot be resolved by ordinary
solutions. It requires problem solvers to have a vision on this subject as well as
corporate approaches and policies to undertake a mission for creating a focus in relation
with implementing the vision. Ability to create a common environmental awareness
throughout the community is related with cultural transformation. Most effective tool
for cultural transformation is education.

Aim of this study is to reveal changes in social responsibility perceptions of university
students on environmental health and policies caused by the course titled
“Environmental Health and Environmental Responsibility”. In the study, focus group
discussion work method among qualitative research methods will be used and resultant
findings are supported by observation findings. In the study, 10 focus groups, each