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Global Climate Change I & II

Time: Fall: Tues/Thurs 1:30-4:15pm; Spring: Tues/Thurs 1:30-2:45 pm
Location: WSQ 109

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Global Climate Change began in 2007 as pilot project to develop an integrated GE course sequence at San José State University. This Team SJSU Studies course is a 9-unit, two-semester course that is cross-listed (COMM/ENVS/GEOL/HUM/METR 168 & 168W) and taught by three instructors from different departments (professors from Communication Studies, Environmental Studies, Geology, Humanities & Meteorology have participated). This course satisfies all upper-division General Education (SJSU Studies) requirements at San José State. The idea of this integrated GE course sequence is to foster integrative learning in a rich multi-disciplinary academic environment. Toward this end, this course approaches global climate change from an interdisciplinary perspective, incorporating scientific and social scientific approaches to understanding processes and effects, including the socioeconomic contexts of environmental effects and how globally diverse cultural perspectives influence strategies to mitigate climate change. Assignments, readings, and class activities and discussions are designed to help students recognize connections among concepts from many different disciplines, and to critically evaluate and integrate them as part of a life-long learning process about global climate change and related issues.