EARTH 106 - Earth Science in Feature Films Minicourse
Fall 2022, Section 002
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: Earth and Environmental Sciences (EARTH)
Department: LSA Earth & Environmental Sciences
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Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in EARTH 141.
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
No prior scientific knowledge is required.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:
Start/End Date:
Partial Term 10/24/22 - 12/9/22 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
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This one-credit, half-term minicourse focuses on a few major geological and oceanographic concepts in a lecture setting while also exploring how these same processes are portrayed in popular feature films, both animated and not. This will allow students to learn to reflect critically on the use or misuse of scientific concepts in popular culture, specifically movies. Topics include surface and deep ocean circulation, glacial/interglacial cycles, Earth's internal structure, plate tectonics, volcanoes and earthquakes, coral reefs, life in the ocean, and climate change. A selection of movies that students will be required to watch outside of class time is: The day after tomorrow, The ice age, The core, San Andreas.

Course Requirements:

Two exams to be taken on Canvas.

Intended Audience:

All undergraduate students, no prior scientific knowledge is required.

Class Format:

Depending on COVID conditions, the course will either be entirely online and asynchronous, or entirely in-person and synchronous.


EARTH 106 - Earth Science in Feature Films Minicourse
Schedule Listing
002 (LEC)
Partial Term 10/24/22 - 12/9/22
Note: Half-term minicourse. Meets March 07 thru April 18. Final Exam on April 18 unless otherwise arranged. Drop/Add deadline March 20.

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