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NATS 1840 – Science, Technology and the Environment Summary Our awareness of the environment and its importance has changed significantly over the years. Although there are many ways in which human activity impacts the natural world, this course will focus in on the role of science and technology in shaping the environment around us. On the one hand, the growth of scientific knowledge has been a key component in understanding the human impact on the environment, and in conjunction with technology, it has allowed us to either soften the impact of human activity or devise ways to integrate our actions with nature. On the other hand, science and technology have enabled us to significantly increase the impact of human activity on the globe, particularly in the case of industrialization. In order to unpack the complicated relationship between human activity and the environment, we will consider the development of science and technology in different parts of the world and throughout human history, but with a focus on the Early Modern Period to present day. Course Instructor Dr. Ian Slater, [email protected] Office Hours: TBA Lectures: Tues/Thurs, 11:30-2:30, LAS B Required Texts None (readings on-line, Moodle site) Evaluation 1. Reading Summary and Critique (5 pages) - Jan 14 10% 2. Mid-Term Exam – Feb 23 30% 3. Annotated Bibliography and Thesis Statement (5 pages) – March 1 10% 4. Short Essay (5-8 pages) – April 4 30% 5. Final Examination – TBA 20% NOTE ON DUE DATES AND GRADE REVISIONS This is a 6.0 credit course in a single term slot, which means our deadlines are tight. All assignments are due on the posted date. They may be submitted up to 1 week later with no penalty, and no need to request an extension. If they are handed in on the due date the grades will generally be back 2-3 weeks later. If they are not handed in on the due date grading can take longer. Anything that will be more than a week late must be discussed with the course director. All assignments will be given with a grading rubric. If you have a question about your grade on
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any assignment you will be required to identify the portion of the rubric where you believe the grader was mistaken and make a case in a written response that you satisfied the requirements of the rubric. Important Dates Last date to add a course without permission of instructor – Jan 17 Last date to add a course with permission of instructor – Jan 29 Last date to drop course without receiving a grade – March 4 Full Refund: Jan 9 90% refund: Jan 10-16 80% refund: Jan 17-23 40% refund: Jan 24-30 No refund: Jan 31 Winter Reading Week: Feb 13-19.
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