EARTH 106 - Earth Science in Feature Films Minicourse
Section: 002
Term: WN 2019
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 141.
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Class Misc Info:
Meets 03/11/19 - 04/23/19. (Drop/Add deadline=03/25/19.).
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 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, Pompeii, Finding Nemo, Moana, Waterworld, The Lorax.

Course Requirements:

Grading will be based on 3 study quizzes, which students will be able to take multiple times (40% of final grade), and 3 exams, which can only be taken once (60% of final grade). All quizzes and exams are administered online on canvas and will be based both on the material covered in class as well as on the validity of the scientific information portrayed in the assigned movies. Class attendance is expected.

Intended Audience:

This course is intended for undergraduate 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:

Lecture 2 hours per week, for half the term.

EARTH 106 - Earth Science in Feature Films Minicourse
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002 (LEC)
TuTh 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Note: Half-term minicourse. Meets March 12 thru April 23. Final Exam on April 23 unless otherwise arranged. Drop/Add deadline March 18.
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