Earth is a lively and dynamic planet that is undergoing rapid changes wrought by the activities of humans. In what ways are these changes impacting on us and other species? Are we precipitating another mass extinction; the 6th major mass extinction since life exploded on Earth some 500 million years ago? How will the way humans formulate and apply international and national policies continue to drive change? What are our own values regarding change and how does that colour our perceptions of Earth Shaping? This unit will explore some dilemmas of Earth Shaping through the prisms of science, philosophy and governance. Online content investigates the scientific theories of modern Earth and life systems, along with practicals and quizzes, delves into the rock record to understand some mechanisms of past extinctions. A short essay provides the opportunity to express your own values and recognise those of others. Discussions with tutors and peers will engender debate on how values and human governance impacts go beyond local solutions to help us shape a planet we want to call home. The final design project will mesh Earth systems, human impacts and questions of governance. It will provide a launching point for discussions between peers. Time is allocated for modification of individual projects and reflection on final submissions. More than ever before humans are a force of nature that can reprogram the planet. Understanding our abilities means that we are probably the first ever species to consider limiting our activities. Overviews in science, philosophy and policies will equip participants to better understand our unique position and impacts as human Earth shapers.
|Humans: Earth Shapers
|College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
|Biological Sciences|Earth Sciences|Philosophy and Gender Studies|Politics and International Relations|Oceans and Cryosphere
|Professor Sebastien Meffre
|Available as an elective?
|University of Tasmania
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- Outline the current scientific theories of how Earth’s natural systems change through time
- Describe the impacts of humans on Earth’s natural systems
- Describe the values held by you and others in relation to human impacts on natural systems
- Explain the role of governance on shaping human impacts on Earth’s natural systems
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This unit has weekly web pages with pre-recorded lectures and self-directed activities, weekly discussion boards and specific tutorials focus on each of the 5 assessment items.
|AT1 Virtual Field Trip (10%)|AT3 Values Essay (20%)|AT2 Quizzes (25%)|AT4 Infographic (45%)
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