William Dean Hafner
Addresses the connections between local activities and the global environment; the scientific approach to these problems (both quantitatively and qualitatively); and policy implications.
This course deals with some of the major global environmental issues that stem from increasing human population and our demands on Earth’s natural resources. Throughout the course, students will learn how humans have altered the established equilibrium of the planet, and that these global changes begin at the local and individual level. Special focus will be given to how scientists have approached these issues and the role science plays in policy.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Instruction will focus on a mix of lectures, in class examples, and class discussion. There may be student presentations at the end of the quarter.
We will make extensive use of high school math so it is essential that students be proficient with these skills: percentages, graphing, scientific notation, logarithms and basic algebra.
Class assignments and grading
Lectures, problem sets, readings, library research, and papers. Exact percentage of each will vary.