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Quick Facts about GEOG 438W
- Instructor - Brandi Robinson, Lecturer, Dutton e-Education Institute, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University.
- Teaching Assistant - Seth Wilberding, PhD candidate, Department of Geography, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University.
- Author - Brent Yarnal, Professor of Geography, Department of Geography, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University.
- Overview - Geography 438W is a required course for the Bachelor of Arts in Energy Sustainability and Policy online degree program, geared towards students who are able to study only part time and at a distance. GEOG 438W is a writing-intensive course that concentrates on the human-environment interactions involved in contemporary and future global warming. The course features two broad topical areas: global warming impacts, which comprises the first half of the course, and global warming mitigation and policy, which encompasses the second half of the course. Each week highlights a theme––such as the impacts of climate change on human health or greenhouse gas emissions from transportation––that weaves through the course lecture, reading assignment, class discussion, and writing activity.
- Learning Environment - This website provides the primary instructional materials for the course. The Resources menu at left links to important supporting materials, while the Course Outline menu links to the course lessons. ANGEL, Penn State's course management system, is used to support the delivery of this course as well, as it provides the primary communications, calendaring, and submission tools for the course.
- Topics of Study - The content of this course is divided into 12 modules, topics listed at left. Each module will be completed in approximately 1 week.
|Unit of Study||Work to be completed|
|Unit 1: Covering the basics||Course Orientation|
|Module 1: Introduction to the human dimensions of climate change|
|Module 2: Human causes and mitigation of climate change|
|Module 3: Vulnerability and adaptation|
|Unit 2: Emissions and Mitigation Opportunities||Module 4: Energy emissions and mitigation|
|Module 5: Transportation emissions and mitigation|
|Module 6: Local emissions and mitigation|
|Exam 1 (Modules 1-6)|
|Unit 3: Feeling the Impacts of a Changing Climate||Module 7: Impacts on water resources|
|Module 8: Impacts on coastal environs|
|Module 9: Impacts on health|
|Module 10: Impacts on cities|
|Exam 2 (Modules 7-10)|
|Unit 4: Heating Up - Climate Policy, the Divisive Issue||Module 11: Climate Policy|
|Module 12: Climate Wars|
|Exam 3 (Modules 11-12)