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Causes and Implications of Global Change

Dr. Ruth DeFries, Dr. Andrew Dessler, Dr. Alan J. Kaufman, Dr. Owen Thompson

Course URL: http://www.atmos.umd.edu/education/syllabi/aosc123.html
Course Type:

Earth Systems Science

Course Size:


This course embodies an integrated introduction to the broad scientific and social aspects of the global change "problem." Two large Global Change issues are discussed in terms of the science, the impacts and the responses.

Course Context:

This course is targeted at the first college years so as to establish a context for advanced disciplinary learning for students in a variety of major fields - non-scientific as well as scientific.

Course Goals:

At the end of the course students will:

Course Content:

This course covers two different examples of global change: Stratospheric Ozone Depletion and the Enhanced Greenhouse Effect. These two examples are discussed in detail in terms of what the issue is, the science of the change, the impacts of the change and the policy responses to the change.

Teaching Materials:

The text for the class is:

MacKenzie, Fred T., 1998, Our Changing Planet: An Introduction to Earth System Science and Global Environmental Change, Prentice Hall Inc., Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. 2nd Edition (ISBN 0-13-271321-7)
There is also a course packet of additional readings. Some of these are taken from the journal "Consequences: The Nature and Implications of Environmental Change".


Exam 1 - 100 points
Exam 2 - 100 points
Final Exam - 300 points
Paper #1 - 100 points
Paper #2 - 100 points
8 Study Question Assignments - 80 points
7 Pop Quizzes - 70 points
Discussion Session Participation - 150 points

Total - 1000 points

References and Notes:

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