MAINPAGE (JAN – APR 2014)
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General details for ASIC200 such as office hours, philosophy, grading, due dates can be found in the course outline link.
This page aims to collect concurrent pertinent info regarding the weekly lectures. This includes the pre-reading assignments, copies of Dave and Allen’s lecture notes, further reading, interesting links, assignment/scheduling reminders. In other words, a good place to bookmark, and check back at least once a week.
Note that we will be using a twitter hashtag for community networking. “#ASIC200” We will ask that everyone participate in this activity, so do please sign up an account at twitter.com (You can even use an anonymous name if you prefer).
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COURSE TIMELINE/NOTES WILL BE PRESENTED AS WEEKS PROGRESS
(Details below pertain to pre-reading for each class unless otherwise noted)
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Session 1: (Jan 9) Administration and Overview of Global Issues
“Global” as a scientific, social science, and humanities concept. Reading for after class: Sciencegeek Fundamentals No. 1 at http://popperfont.net/2011/09/30/sciencegeek-fundamentals-1-an-introduction-to-the-scientific-method-by-way-of-chewbacca/
Session 2: (Jan 16) UNIT ONE: CLIMATE CHANGE - Climate Change Science
Climate Change and the Physical and Life Sciences:
Reading One: Browse and familiarize yourself with the IPCC website located at: http://www.ipcc.ch/index.htm and read the AR4 “Summary for Policymakers” located at: http://www.ipcc.ch/publications_and_data/publications_ipcc_fourth_assessment_report_synthesis_report.htm (Click on the “Summary for Policymakers” or “SPM” as it appears in the “contents” menu).
Reading Two: Executive Summary, The Emissions Gap Report 2012. A UNEP Synthesis Report. The United Nations Environment Program, 2012. Available at: http://www.unep.org/publications/ebooks/emissionsgap2012/ (get PDF)
Reading Three: Anthony D. Barnosky, et. al., “Approaching a state shift in Earth’s Biosphere,” Nature, Vol. 46 (7 June 2012). 52-58. Available at: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v486/n7401/full/nature11018.html (get PDF)
Session 3: (Jan. 23) Climate Change Science meets the Humanities
Climate Change Science and the Social Sciences and Humanities:
Reading One: Ezra M. Markowitz and Azim F. Shariff, “Climate change and moral judgement.” Nature Climate Change, Vol 2 (April 2012), 243-247. Available at: http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/v2/n4/full/nclimate1378.html
Reading Two: Sections 1, 3 and 5 from Janet Swim et. al., Psychology and Global Climate Change: addressing a multi-faceted phenomenon and set of challenges. A Report of the American Psychological Association Task Force on the Interface Between Psychology and Climate Change. The American Psychological Association (March 2010). Available at: http://www.apa.org/science/about/publications/climate-change.aspx (click on “full report”)
Reading Three: Tim Hayward, “Climate Change and Ethics.” Nature Climate Change, Vol 2 (December 2012), 843-848. Available at: http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/v2/n12/full/nclimate1615.html (get PDF)
Reading Four: Pavan Sukhdev, “The corporate climate overhaul,” Nature, Vol. 486 (June 2012), 27-28. Available at: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v486/n7401/full/486027a.html (get PDF)
Session 4: (Jan. 30) Social Science Lab: Climate Change Negotiation Simulation
Reading: Simulation preparation materials (to be circulated)
Session 5: (Feb. 6) Global Politics of Climate Change (Simulation Reflection Due)
Climate Change: the Science, the Arts, and the Future:
Reading One: Christopher Rootes, et. al., “Climate change, national politics and grass roots action: an introduction,” Environmental Politics, Vol. 21 (2012), 677-690. Available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09644016.2012.720098
Reading Two: Jethro Petitt, “Climate Justice: A new Social Movement for Atmospheric Rights,” IDS Bulletin, Vol. 35 (July 2004), 102-106. Available at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1759-5436.2004.tb00142.x/abstract (get the PDF document version)
Session 6: (Feb. 13) PBL Group Project Discussion (I)
Session 7: (Feb. 27) PBL Group Project Discussion (II)
Session 8: (Mar. 6) UNIT TWO START: PERSONAL GENOMICS - Personal Genomics Science Primer (Group PBL Project Due)
Personal Genomics and the Physical and Life Sciences
Reading One: “A Monk’s Flourishing Garden: The Basics of Molecular Biology Explained” The Science Creative Quarterly. Available at: http://www.scq.ubc.ca/a-monks-flourishing-garden-the-basics-of-molecular-biology-explained/ and read
“Breakfast of Champions does Replication” The Science Creative Quarterly. Available at: http://www.scq.ubc.ca/breakfast-of-champions-does-replication/
Session 9: (Mar. 13) Personal Genomics Science meets the Humanities
Personal Genomics and the Physical and Life Sciences (con’t). Personal Genomics and the Social Sciences and Humanities
Reading One: Peter K. Hatemi and Rose McDermott, “The genetics of politics: discovery, challenges, and progress.” Trends in Genetics, Vol. 28 (October 2012), 525-533. Available at: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168952512001114# (get PDF)
Reading Two: Jaime S. King, “Genetic tests: Politics and fetal diagnostics collide.” Nature, Vol. 491 (November 2012), 33-34. Available at: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v491/n7422/full/491033a.html (get PDF)
Session 10: (Mar. 20) Personal Genomics Today
Personal Genomics and the Social Sciences and Humanities (con’t)
Reading One: Peta S. Cook, et. al., “The textures of globalization: biopolitics and the closure of xenotourism.” New Genetics and Society, Vol. 30 (March 2011), 101-114. Available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14636778.2011.552303 (get PDF).
Reading: Maui Hudson, et. al., “The art of dialogue with indigenous communities in the new biotechnology world.” New Genetics and Society, Vol. 31 (March 2012), 11-24. Available at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14636778.2011.597979 (get PDF).
Session 11: (Mar. 27) LAB (Individual Research Project Due) Lab Groups I (4:00pm to 6:30pm) and II (6:30pm to 9pm)
Session 12: (Apr. 3) LAB Lab Group III (6pm to 8:30pm)