EARTH 259 - Earth's Future and a Resilient Human Society
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Earth and Environmental Sciences (EARTH)
Department: LSA Earth & Environmental Sciences
Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in EARTH 111 or 159.
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:

Both human and natural activities are altering our planet and are increasingly impacting human society and the environment. “Earth's Future and a Resilient Human Society" uses a systems approach to examine the science that informs short- and long-term planning of our society’s future. This course focuses on the resilience of human society to growing needs and a changing environment.

Topics include systems-thinking, life’s environment, population dynamics and urbanization, human sustenance (food, water, air security), energy and climate, societal impacts of natural hazards (floods, storms, sealevel, landslides, earthquakes), environmental economics and ethics, among others.

Course Requirements:

Course grades are based on 3 exams that are a combination of MC and essay questions, and the creation of a topical vignette in the form of a Prezi by randomly-selected teams of 3 students. Topics match the lecture material and online Prezi vignettes are due by the end of term (based on Each element is worth 25 points, for a total of 100 points.

Intended Audience:

2nd and 3rd year preferably with some prior intro experience relevant to the course material (in social, health and natural sciences). Initial class limit is 36 students (18/lab). Seniors will be allowed by instructor permission (based on student purpose statement).

Class Format:

3 hours lecture per week plus two-hour discussions. A laboratory session will be used for weekly assignments and to discuss topical issues that define today’s “Great Acceleration”.

EARTH 259 - Earth's Future and a Resilient Human Society
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (LAB)
W 1:00PM - 3:00PM
003 (LAB)
Th 3:00PM - 5:00PM
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