EPS 24: Freshman seminar, geoscience in the movies

Syllabus, Fall 2009

Wednesday 2-5 pm (during discussion weeks we will likely use 1 hour; the three hour slot is reserved to accommodate longer movies)

401 McCone Hall

CCN 19351

Last revised August 30, 2009

The goal of freshman seminars is ``for small groups of students to explore a scholarly topic of mutual interest together. By taking a seminar a student becomes an active member of Berkeley's intellectual community. The seminars depend on the regular presence and active participation of every student. Sharing ideas in class is an important academic skill that can only be acquired through practice".

As the goal of these seminars is to foster discussion and interaction, the outline below is tentative and meant to provide a a starting point for student-led discussion. Consequently, this outline and overview might be updates.

Week 1 (August 26): Introduction

Week 2 (September 2): ``The core''

Week 3 (September 9): Discussion (Kiyana, Dylan, Nina)

Week 4 (September 16): ``Dante's Peak''

Week 5 (September 23): ``Supervolcano''

Week 6 (September 30): Discussion (Saya, Excel, Spreeha)

Week 7 (October 7): ``Armageddon'' or ``Deep impact''

Week 8 (October 14): Discussion (Triman, Koka, Browly)

Week 9 (October 21): ``Day after tomorrow''

Week 10 (October 28): ``Inconvenient truth''

Week 11 (November 4): Discussion (Tara, Harjit, Kenny)

Week 12 (November 11): Veteran's Day, no class

Week 13 (November 18): ``Contact''

Week 14 (November 25): Optional field trip (morning) to Alum Rock Springs, San Jose

Week 15 (December 2): Discussion (Jon, Aaron, Ryan)

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Tharsis, Mars, the Solar System's largest volcano (image from NASA/JPL)