Since 2009, I have been teaching class on film-making about climate change. I am passionate about engaging students in science and climate change is one of the most accessible and pressing scientific topics of our time. This class is cross-listed under the Technology and Media (TAM) program and my home department, EBIO. To watch our student films, please go here.
From the syllabus: A goal of this class is to invite you on a personal journey. We want to provide the opportunity for you to think critically AND emotionally about a pressing environmental, political, and social issue. Climate change is part of a larger discussion related to sustainability and is a pressing and pervasive issue from economic, political and environmental perspectives. We want you to leave our class conversant about your views on this issue. Where do you stand? What should be done? We welcome ALL views on climate change with the exception of apathy or no opinion. By the end of this class, you MUST leave with an opinion, one that you have thought about critically, one that you can defend, and one that you can express in front of several audiences, in writing and on film.
The task at hand is interdisciplinary and thus we draw on the tools of story-telling, film-making, effective communication, and art in various forms. Your own personal experience is critical and something to learn how to incorporate into your narrative: what is the starting point in your journey? What defines your views? What do you want to communicate with others? Who is your target audience and why? We will help you define answers to these questions through in-class discussion, bringing in world-class leaders in the science of climate change, science writing and the performance arts, and one-on-one dialog through weekly journal assignments.
General Biology EBIO 1220
This is a very large 'for the majors' course in General Biology that is taught in two terms. I teach during the first half of the second term on topics related to evolution (microevolution and macroevolution) and physiology.