Eric P. Salathe
B CUSP 140
Offers introductory practice in laboratory and quantitative techniques, a history of one or more of the sciences, and reflection on the relationship between science and its function in the larger society. Topics vary. Offered: AWSp.
Human-induced climate change - popularly known as "global warming" - is emerging as one of the great challenges facing society in the 21st century. If we ignore the problem, by the end of this century the climate changes due to increased greenhouse gases will be large enough to have significant consequences on the environment and on civilization. At stake are deeply felt values as well as entrenched economic interests. When these are combined with scientific uncertainty, it is not surprising that global warming has sparked a raging, often passionate debate.
This class will follow the scientific -- and societal -- journey of discovering and managing climate change. We will use both scientific and popular texts to understand the scientific and policy issues of our changing climate.
Text book: The Rough Guide to Climate Change, 3rd ed., by Bob Henson, Rough Guides, 2011. This short non-technical book summarizes the current science. Either a hardcopy or ebook is required. Available from the bookstore or http://www.us.penguingroup.com/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9781848365797,00.html?The_Rough_Guide_to_Climate_Change_Robert_Henson
Student learning goals
Understand and be able to explain the basic scientific evidence and theory of climate change
Understand and explain the political, economic, and social issues imposed by global warming
Understand and explain the policy and social responses to climate change
General method of instruction
This course will use the following instruction methods:
In Class: lecture, class discussion, projects, multi-media
Outside Class: Readings, on-line discussion
Class assignments and grading
The following activities will be assigned out of class: short papers homework on-line discussion
Grades will be based on: Homework Short Papers Participation in class projects and on-line discussion midterm and final exams