2011-12 Catalog

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Offering Description

Science Seminar in Energy Systems and Climate Change


Winter 2012 quarter

EJ Zita physics, mathematics, astrophysics
Fields of Study
agriculture, environmental studies, physics and sustainability studies
Preparatory for studies or careers in
environmental science, energy studies, sustainability, policy, teaching, and physics.
Good reading and writing skills. Willingness to work online and in teams. (No math or science required!)

How is energy created and harvested, stored and transformed, used or abused? What effects do human energy systems have on Earth’s climate?  What are consequences for human societies?  What can we learn from the past?  How can we live more sustainably?

Energy Systems & Climate Change (ES&CC) investigates questions such as these, as a learning community seeking deeper knowledge and wisdom together.   One of our primary means of inquiry is seminar:  small teams pre-seminar on weekly readings in advance, we all seminar together  twice a week (in person), and we share essays and peer responses online.  20 good students are invited to join our ES&CC seminar for 8 credits. SciSem students interact with ES&CC students in seminar. We share our understanding, insights, and questions about readings, and our ideas and wonder about the future.  SciSem students will write three essays and many peer responses individually and will post pre-seminar assignments with teams. Learning goals include deeper understanding of sustainability and climate change, science and scientific methods, and improved skills in writing, teamwork, and communication.  See program details, including text list, at  http://academic.evergreen.edu/curricular/energy/1112/SSescc.htm

Online Learning
Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online
Greener Store
Research Possibilities
Students with science background may join Energy Systems & Climate Change classmates in ongoing team research projects for an additional 4 credits, with faculty approval.
May be offered again in
Offered During

Program Revisions

Date Revision
December 22nd, 2011 New opportunity added.