UCSB ENVS 106 - Syllabus (8 pages)

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Course Syllabus Welcome to ES 106 In this class we will cover three aspects of critical thinking about environmental problems and solutions First we will learn about environmental problems and how they ve been presented and distorted in the past Then we will take a look at how to utilize basic systems thinking principles to understand environmental problems and solutions today Finally we ll investigate some of the underlying psychological impediments to clear thinking about climate change communication and other environmental problems It is our hope that you will gain knowledge and develop your analytic insight when engaging environmental problems throughout the rest of your academic professional and personal development Course Goals 1 Learn how people have been misled on environmental issues who some major players are and what tactics have been and continue to be used to distort the science behind environmental issues for political ideological or commercial interests 2 Develop systems thinking insights and methods into analysis of environmental problems and solutions incorporating concepts such as dynamic equilibrium feedback oscillation and resilience 3 Understand how to effectively communicate information about environmental problems and solutions and how the psychological mechanisms that underlie environmental skepticism denial operate particularly on climate change Lectures Tuesday Thursday 2 00 3 15 Buchanan 1920 Instructor Quentin Gee PhDgee ucsb edu Bren 4005 Wednesday 11 00 1 00 Course Website All major course information will be posted on Gauchospace This includes key slides from lectures any online readings review guides and contact information for your TA s https gauchospace ucsb edu Readings Naomi Oreskes and Erik M Conway 2010 Merchants of Doubt Bloomsbury Press Other Readings Posted on Donella Meadows 2008 Thinking in Systems Chelsea Green Publishing Teaching Assistants Justin Breck Bren 4010 jlbreck umail ucsb edu Thursday 12 2 Max Stiefel Bren 4008 stiefel geog ucsb edu Tuesday 4 5 Thursday 10 11 i Clickers i Clickers will be used to take attendance as well as enhance student participation and comprehension of key issues Here are key policies and factors to keep in mind regarding i Clickers It is your responsibility to have an i Clicker and use it regularly Leaving lecture early or arriving late may affect your i Clicker score as there is no guarantee of how many i Clicker polls there will be or at what time the polls will occur during lecture ONCE 1 during the quarter if you arrived a bit late forgot your clicker or otherwise were unable to participate in all of the polls you may come up to me at the end of class and check in to earn complete i Clicker activity for the current day IN ADDITION to your one time check in credit I will drop your two 2 lowest days of i Clicker activity including zeroes e g absences Plan the next ten weeks of your lives in awareness of this policy And DO NOT ASK FOR ADDITIONAL EXCEPTIONS Grading 8 i



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