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GLG205 Confronting Global Change Winter 2012 Course Outline

Course Description The emergence of society as a major geological force is considered in terms of the evolving debate about the consequences of human activity for the habitability of our planet. Major issues such as climate change, environmental pollution, and depletion of natural resources are examined. GLG205H1 is primarily intended as a science distribution requirement course for Humanities and Social Science students. This course is an introduction to earth system science and global environmental science that is appropriate for non-science students.

Lectures are held Thursdays from 6-8 pm in MC 102.


Course Instructor: Dr. Bridget A. Bergquist Office Hours: Room ESC 2124. Tuesdays 10am12noon, Thursdays 4:30-5:30 pm. Please do not come or call at other times. E-mail: glg205uoft@gmail.com Please also use the office hours or the discussion board on Blackboard. Only e-mails of a personal nature (e.g. illness) will be accepted by the professor with GLG205 in the subject line. Textbook: Our Changing Planet: An Introduction to Earth System Science and Global Environmental Change, 4th Edition by Fred T. Mackenzie.

Marks Breakdown Midterm 1 25% Midterm 2 35% Final Exam 40% (CUMULATIVE)
Midterms and Final Exam will be a mixture of multiple choice questions and short answer questions.

TAs: glg205uoft@gmail.com Stephen Reynolds, Allison Enright, Tugce Sahin TAs will be available to answer questions (and set up appts for help if absolutely necessary) by e-mail at the following address: glg205_ta@yahoo.ca. TAs will also monitor the discussion board on Blackboard and offer help.

GLG205H1: Tentative Lecture Schedule


*** This schedule is subject to change. Please see Blackboard for detailed descriptions of what material was covered in class and what material you will be responsible for in exams. *** Midterms may also be subject to change depending on scheduling.

GLG205H1: Policy on Missed Tests


A missed test will only be excused for cases in which the absence was entirely beyond your control (e.g., medical reasons, personal affliction), and only if the proper documentation is submitted. You must submit within one week of the missed test during regular office hours (Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5:00 pm): For medical reasons, BOTH 1) a complete official U. of T. medical certificate (the form is in your Timetable Booklet, or you can get it from your College Registrar). Only this form will be accepted. http://www.artsci.utoronto.ca/current/undergraduate/course/timetable/2006-2007-fall-wintertimetable/medcert.pdf OR http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~registrar/registration/files/UTSCmedicalcertificate.pdf 2) A detailed letter from you requesting consideration for the missed test. The letter must include the following information: Your name, student number, e-mail address, course name and number, the date of the test, when you started to feel sick, and how it prevented you from studying and writing the test, when you returned to school. ***Both documents must be submitted to Lynn Slotkin, Student Affairs Officer, Geology Department, 22 Russell Street, ESC Room 1066 during regular office hours.. For non-medical reasons 1) A detailed letter from you requesting consideration for the missed test. The letter must include the following information: Your name, student number, e-mail address, course name and number, the date of the test, and the reason why you were unable to attend. Reasons involving personal commitments such as vacation travel arrangements are not considered legitimate grounds for missing tests. ***The letter must be submitted to Lynn Slotkin, Student Affairs Officer, Geology Department, 22 Russell Street, ESC Room 1066 during regular office hours. Lynn Slotkin's phone number is (416) 978-1240, and her e-mail is slotkin@geology.utoronto.ca. If your petition is successful, you will be informed by e-mail. The rest of the course will be re-weighted. There will be no make-up test. MISSED FINAL EXAM: If you miss the final exam, you must petition with the Faculty of Arts and Science