EARTH 140 - Climate and the Media
Winter 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Earth and Environmental Sciences (EARTH)
Department: LSA Earth & Environmental Sciences
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Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
High school science highly recommended. Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Few subjects garner as much media attention and controversy as stories about the causes and consequences of global warming nor has there been a greater chasm between the importance of science to society and society's understanding of it. This seminar will introduce students to the basic concepts and observations that form the basis of our physical understanding of climate change and explore how these concepts are reflected and occasionally distorted by the media. We will discuss current accounts from new (blogs, websites) and old (print newspapers, radio and television) media and dissect how the interests of the media in creating stories can occasionally conflict with the interests of scientists. Members of the university and local media will participate. Evaluation will be based on homework, presentations, short blog posts and participation. No exams.

Course Requirements:

No exams.

Intended Audience:

First-year seminar course.

Class Format:

Course will be held in person. Lecture capture or similar will be used to accommodate students unable to attend class due to illness.


EARTH 140 - Climate and the Media
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: First Year Seminar. ONLY first year undergraduates may register.

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