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Maria Ursula Valdez
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

Impacts of food production in biodiversity

Student learning goals

Students will gain an understanding of the elements of food production and the impacts of this activity on biodiversity and ecosystems in the local and global contexts. Example of topics covered in this class: Trophic chains and energy efficiency, habitat loss and agriculture, organic vs. conventional agriculture, sustainable agriculture, the politics and ethics of food production, ecological footprint, urban agriculture, pollinators and their threats, climate change and agriculture

Students will evaluate the impacts of food production in the ecosystem associated to personal activities, human health and the economy

Students will gain skills on finding, reviewing and analysing the scientific literature about the topics covered in class.

Students will improve skills on report writing and oral communication, as well as using alternative and creative ways to communicate science to larger audiences.

Students will participate in several field trips including visits to food markets, farmers markets, farms and urban gardens. at those places we will conduct data collection through interviews with producers and consumers and possibly some hands-on work

Students will evaluate their ecological footprint and come up with a creative project to reduce it (create their own small garden, contribute to an existing project, education campaign,eco-cookbook, etc).

General method of instruction

short lectures, videos and reading discussions, group project, field trips and service learning

Recommended preparation

Suggested reading: The Ethical Gourmet by Jay Weinstein Search for related articles on: Conservation Magazine

Class assignments and grading

Seminars, discussions, essays, group project, creative work

A total of 300 points can be achieved, grades are assigned based on the percentage obtained. Refer to UW grade percentage for details


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.
Last Update by Maria Ursula Valdez
Date: 04/20/2014