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Eric P. Salathe
B CUSP 140
Bothell Campus

Scientific Journeys

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.

Class description

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

Recommended preparation

none

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


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Additional Information
Last Update by Eric P. Salathe
Date: 10/31/2012