Spring 2021 - GEOG 104 D100
Climate Change, Water, and Society (3)
Class Number: 2766
Delivery Method: Remote
Course Times + Location:
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
Exam Times + Location:
Apr 17, 2021
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
Office Hours: TBD
An examination of climate change, its interaction with water availability, and how humans cope with these altered circumstances. Students who have completed GEOG 102 prior to the fall 2011 term may not complete this course for further credit. Breadth-Social Sci/Science.
This course begins by introducing students to the climate system and controls on Earth’s climate. We then examine the causes of climate change and how future climate pathways are modelled before considering the impacts on natural and human systems and exploring options to mitigate and/or adapt to changing climatic conditions. We also discuss the governance of climate change, and investigate why this issue is still a controversial topic in politics and the media, despite overwhelming scientific consensus that Earth’s climate system is warming.
-1.5 hr of optional synchronous Q & A during scheduled lecture time every week (Wed 4:00-5:20)
-first half (2:30-4:00) is asynchronous
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
- Explain the complexity of the climate system and identify linkages between its components, including stocks, flows, and feedback processes.
- Think critically about the science behind natural and human disruptions to the climate system.
- Explain the social, political, and economic drivers and impacts of climate change
- Differentiate between evidence-based claims and pseudo-science
- Practice diverse modes of communication of climate change causes, impacts, and solutions, demonstrating awareness of audience
- Demonstrate improved climate literacy
- Graph interpretation assignment 5%
- Class engagement activities 10%
- Climate change communication project (2 assignments x 12%) 24%
- Module Quizzes (x 4) 24%
- Final Exam (cumulative) - synchronous 25%
- Learning e-portfolio 12%
Grading Scale subject to change
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
-Access to a computer with reliable internet connection and working microphone
-Microsoft Office software (can be downloaded for free from SFU)
Understanding Climate Change: Science, Policy, and Practice
Authors Sarah L. Burch, Sara E. Harris
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, 2014
ISBN 1442614455, 9781442614451
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TEACHING AT SFU IN SPRING 2021
Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (email@example.com or 778-782-3112).