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Mikelle Nuwer
OCEAN 102
Seattle Campus

The Changing Oceans

Historical case studies of research on the ancient oceans, deep-sea exploration, climate change and the oceans, and human impacts on marine life. Students consider societal factors affecting progress in marine science, changing popular attitudes toward the oceans, and key current policy implications of marine science. Intended for nonmajors. Offered: W.

Class description

Case studies of research on how the ocean drives our planet's climate system and how humans have altered marine and coastal environments. Students consider societal factors affecting progress in marine science, changing popular attitudes toward the oceans, and key current policy implications of marine science. Intended for nonmajors. Offered: W.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lectures will cover the scientific material and set forth the context for the social issues that accompany the ocean science case studies. One day per week we will have small sections with discussion exercises deriving from the readings and lectures and led by TAs. These discussions will be the forums in which students express their own views on social issues.

The lectures and discussions will be planned around readings from two inexpensive and readable paperback books about the ocean rather than a formal textbook. There are also readings from the internet and from papers placed on electronic library reserve.

Recommended preparation

This course has no prerequisite and is open to all students, including students who have taken Ocean 101 or other oceanography courses. Ocean 102 will favor students who attend class (or visit the web pages) faithfully, arrive punctually, do their homework, and participate in class discussions (in person or online). I encourage a willingness to think about and discuss the material rather than an expectation to sit passively and be told what will be on the exam.

Class assignments and grading

To assess student learning, there will be a weekly assignment in quiz section.

The course is divided into units. At the end of each unit there will be a multiple choice exam. There is not a scheduled final exam for the course.

Your final grade in the class will be determined by the following percentages:

Exams: 80% Quizzes: 20%

The course will be graded on a curve, with the average score scaled to a "B" (2.8 to 3.2).


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.
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Last Update by Mikelle Nuwer
Date: 12/19/2011