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Course Description

The LSA Honors Program invites applications to teach Honors Core 232: “The Anthropocene” beginning January 1, 2021.
Scientists have been debating whether we have entered a new epoch called the Anthropocene. In this course, we will look at the scientific data surrounding human-induced changes in planet Earth, delving into the fields of geology, ecology, biology, climate science, chemistry, and engineering. In addition, we will examine how different cultures and places are experiencing these changes, as well as the challenges and opportunities presented by living in the Anthropocene. We will ask whether we have a moral and ethical obligation to change the course. And we will consider the issues of who would pay the costs, reaching into the fields of economics and law.
By the end of this course, every student will demonstrate a solid understanding of three different aspects of the Anthropocene, all equally important:
• The scientific evidence surrounding the Anthropocene: Among other things, you will have an appreciation for the factors that weigh into the decision to define a new epoch and the challenge in picking a specific marker and start date. You will also be able to cite several key studies and the resulting 'indicators' that suggest that we are likely living in a new era.
• How planet Earth and its inhabitants are responding: You will be able to cite several key examples that reveal how the Earth's ecosystems are changing as a result of human impacts (e.g., global warming).
• What Anthropocene do we want to live in: You will be able to discuss how the economic, political and philosophical contexts play into human action (or inaction).
This course welcomes entirely online participation. Lectures and discussion sections will be given online, synchronously, but recorded. We will meet for four hours each week. On Monday and Wednesday afternoons we will meet in a large group for an interactive lecture. On Monday and Friday afternoons we will break up into smaller GSI-led discussions.


As part of the Honors Core Curriculum, this course introduces first- and second-year Honors students to the fields, questions and meta-questions, and methodologies of the Natural Sciences. This course is a discussion section of a large lecture course and the GSI will work closely with the course's faculty instructor to achieve the teaching and learning outcomes of the course. Attendance at lecture is also required. GSIs in the Honors Core are expected to participate in occasional events for Core courses.
Effort for each section is 25%; GSI will teach two discussion sections for a 50% appointment. Position is pending enrollment demand.

Required Qualifications*

Good standing in a Ph.D. program in a relevant department.

Desired Qualifications*

Candidacy in a Ph.D. program in a relevant department; experience teaching introductory natural science courses at UM or other college or university.

Contact Information

Inquiries may be made to Lisa Broome ( Associate Director, LSA Honors Program.

Decision Making Process

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. Position may be filled by application deadline.

Selection Process

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. Position may be filled by application deadline.

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