EARTH 141 - Earth Science in Feature Films First Year Seminar
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Earth and Environmental Sciences (EARTH)
Department: LSA Earth & Environmental Sciences
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
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:

This first year seminar 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. Through these exercises, students will reflect and discuss 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 our class time and analyze in the form of essays and group discussions, is: The day after tomorrow, The ice age, The core, San Andreas, Pompeii, Finding Nemo, Moana, Waterworld, The Lorax.

Course Requirements:

Grading will be based on two hourlong exams (25% each) based on the lecture material, written essays/discussions of the movies (30%) which will be due every couple of weeks, class discussions and participation (20%). A book report, on '20,000 leagues under the sea' will also be available to students as an extra credit assignment. The thinking behind that is that many movies are developed from books. Class attendance is required. Students will actively participate in class discussions on the scientific validity of each movie and will take turn leading and facilitating those conversations.

Intended Audience:

First Year Seminar. This course is intended for first year students interested in exploring Earth Science. The class will appeal both to students who already have a curiosity about the subject and to those who don't, but are interested in the portrayal of scientific subjects in popular movies.

Class Format:

3 hours per week, seminar and lecture.

EARTH 141 - Earth Science in Feature Films First Year Seminar
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001 (SEM)
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: First Year Seminar. Seats in First Year Seminars are opened gradually during Summer Orientation. Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may register.
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