RCCORE 100 - First Year Seminar
Fall 2020, Section 005 - Lessons from Deep Time
Instruction Mode: Section 005 is   Hybrid (see other Sections below)
Subject: RC Core Courses (RCCORE)
Department: LSA Residential College
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Details

Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Consent:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
SWC Writing Assessment. Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

This writing course is about the past, present, and future of Earth’s biodiversity, as well as written expression of scientific concepts and information. Living species and ecosystems face a host of disruptions from human activities, and many biologists argue that we are in the early stage of a sixth mass extinction. The fossil record documents a history of species and ecosystems extending millions of years into the past, containing insights about how biodiversity has responded to local and global stresses of many kinds. The fossil record also documents ecosystems during “typical” periods without major stresses and provides a series of historical baselines for comparison with changes during human history up to the present day. We will explore scientific, literary, and ethical aspects of our interdependence on other species and the rest of nature. We will investigate the fossil record and modern ecosystems for information relevant to pressing environmental crises. These include the responses of species and ecosystems to global climate change, natural rates of extinction compared to rates observed today, and the behavior of impoverished ecosystems. We will also discuss how different kinds of writing convey these lessons from deep time. Readings will be drawn from writings in earth sciences, paleontology, ecology, evolutionary biology, conservation, and philosophy, and will include scientific, ethical, and indigenous perspectives. Students will have weekly writing assignments, including in-class reflections, analytical reports, a research paper, accounts of personal experience, and a grant proposal. Writing skills will focus on scientific prose and reflective essays. Individual meetings with the instructor will provide an opportunity for each student to develop writing goals and refine approaches to writing. Revision, analysis of writing styles, and peer review will enable students to work on individual writing goals and practice techniques of improvement. Students are expected to contribute to lively discussions and a supportive environment in every class meeting.

Intended Audience:

Fully-online participation is welcomed; course will meet synchronously

Class Format:

Hybrid due to COVID

Schedule

RCCORE 100 - First Year Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
14358
Closed
0
1RC Ugrd
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TuTh 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: Class is reserved for incoming Residential College students only.
002 (SEM)
 Online
27883
Closed
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Class is reserved for incoming Residential College students only.
003 (SEM)
 Online
22537
Closed
0
1RC Ugrd
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Class is reserved for incoming Residential College students only.
004 (SEM)
  Hybrid
23241
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0
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Class is reserved for incoming Residential College students only.
005 (SEM)
  Hybrid
22540
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Class is reserved for incoming Residential College students only.
006 (SEM)
  Hybrid
23242
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0
1RC Ugrd
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Class is reserved for incoming Residential College students only.
007 (SEM)
 Online
16171
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0
1RC Ugrd
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MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
Note: Class is reserved for incoming Residential College students only.
008 (SEM)
 Online
27885
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TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
Note: Class is reserved for incoming Residential College students only.
009 (SEM)
 Online
22541
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Class is reserved for incoming Residential College students only.
010 (SEM)
 Online
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Class is reserved for incoming Residential College students only.
011 (SEM)
 Online
17817
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Class is reserved for incoming Residential College students only.
013 (SEM)
 Online
20677
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Class is reserved for incoming Residential College students only.
014 (SEM)
 Online
25284
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0
1RC Ugrd
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Class is reserved for incoming Residential College students only.
015 (SEM)
 Online
25285
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0
 
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Class is reserved for incoming Residential College students only.
016 (SEM)
  Hybrid
33683
Open
4
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Online m-t with RCCORE 100.004
017 (SEM)
  Hybrid
38841
Open
2
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: online m-t with RCCORE 100.005
018 (SEM)
  Hybrid
39537
Open
11
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: online m-t for RCCORE 100.006

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