Check out the #asic200 twitter feed! Lots of good stuff will be featured here as the semester progresses.
1. Don’t forget that there is an assignment related to the upcoming Vancouver COP activity that is due before next week’s class (to be submitted via email to Allen – asens@mail dot ubc dot ca, subject heading: VANCOP). Details on which group you are part of found here. Details on assignment and marking rubric found here.
2. The Harry Potter D&D doodle page is still open to try and schedule those who are interested in playing an example of a table top role playing game.
3. Just an early heads up that the solo assignment #1 is due February 8th. This is your future projection of your chosen locale based on physical (re: climate, etc) features.
4. There was lots of interesting stuff was linked to the #asic200 hashtag this past week. Worth checking out if you’re procrastinating.
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Reading/Viewing/Listening to be completed before class on Jan 18:
- All Climate Change Social Science and Humanities Videos Parts 1 to 9. https://myasic200.wordpress.com/video-lectures/
- Reading: Simulation preparation materials (to be circulated and to be handed in for marks – 5%)
- Dipesh Chakrabarty, “The Politics of Climate Change is More Than the Politics of Capitalism.” Theory, Culture and Society, Vol. 34, (2017) 25-37. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0263276417690236
- “Why humans are so bad at thinking about climate change.” Climate Lab, S1 E1 (2017). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkZ7BJQupVA&
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January 11th: (Second class) Climate Change Science
1. Some housekeeping.
2. Allen introduced the Vancouver COP simulation activity. There’s an assignment related to this that is due before next week’s class (to be handed in via email to Allen – asens@mail dot ubc dot ca, subject heading: VANCOP). Details on which group you are part of found here. Details on assignment and marking rubric found here.
3. Dave’s lecture on climate change (an informal overview of IPCC report AR5, 2013 – as well as more recent data). pdf of Dave’s slides.
Again, as stressed in class, the objective is not to memorize the info in this document (or presentation – hence no written notes provided), but to be comfortable with your knowledge base so that you can understand it when reading it. Doing this will also help tremendously when you’re looking up evidence based future conditions for your game related solo assignment #1.
4. Introduction to the Future Worlds Role Playing Game Project: Detailed description and sypnosis of this game-base learning assignment (also at this link). (note first solo assignment due on Feb 8 before class).
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1. Don’t forget about the twitter and #ASIC200 opportunity (win dice)!
2. Dave has set up a doodle for folks interested in trying out an intro D&D session (a la Harry Potter). Total game time is about 2.5 hours, and he will need about 4 to 6 players for quorum. (link – please leave your full name on the doodle, so Dave can confirm via email)
Reading/Viewing/Listening to be completed before class on Jan 11:
- ASIC 200 Climate Change Science Videos parts 1 to 4. https://myasic200.wordpress.com/video-lectures/ (pdf notes of videos)
- Skim through the AR5 “Summary for Policymakers” (2013) located at: http://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/assessment-report/ar5/wg1/WGIAR5_SPM_brochure_en.pdf Dave will actually be summarizing elements of this report in his lecture. (Note that you’re not required to memorize this stuff, but you do need to have sufficient grasp of the concepts to understand this important document. Pro-tip: this document will also be very handy for your Solo assignment #1)
- Climate Science Special Report. Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4), Volume I (2017). (Optional, but also worth skimming through as it’s like a more recent version of the IPCC report that happens to be more USA focused). The executive summary can be found at https://science2017.globalchange.gov/downloads/CSSR_Executive_Summary.pdf
- Chapter 2, The Emissions Gap Report 2017. Executive Summary The United Nations Environment Program, 2017 (p3 – 10). Available at:
- Wilder, R. and Kammen, D.M. (2016, Oct.19). Exposed: The Climate Fallacy of 2100. Retrieved from: https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/exposed-the-climate-fallacy-of-2100/
This blog post summarizes Clark, P.U., Shakun, J.D., Marcott, S.A., Mix, A.C., Eby, M., … Plattner, G-K. (2016). Consequences of Twenty-First-Century Policy for Multi-Millennial Climate and Sea-Level Change. Nature Climate Change 6: 360-369. Public policy and discourse. You can try taking a look at this original peer reviewed paper, but note that this will be a lot more technical than the level covered in the blog post and in this course.
- Carrington, D. (2017, Nov.13). Fossil fuel burning set to hit record high in 2017, scientists warn. Retrieved from: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/nov/13/fossil-fuel-burning-set-to-hit-record-high-in-2017-scientists-warn
- (2017, Nov 6) 2017 is set to be in top three hottest years, with record-breaking extreme weather. World Meteorological Organization Retrieved from: https://public.wmo.int/en/media/press-release/2017-set-be-top-three-hottest-years-record-breaking-extreme-weather
- Plumer, B. and Popovich, N. (Dec 14, 2017). How Global Warming Fueled Five Extreme Weather Events. New York Times. Retrieved at https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/14/climate/climate-extreme-weather-attribution.html?
- (Optional and for fun) this video to get a sense for how table top role playing games are played. Note there are more RPG related resources at this page (scroll down a bit).
January 4th (First class):
1. Introductions. See contact and outline pages for full details.
2. Global as a scientific, social science, and humanities concept. (Dave/Allen) – Allen’s slides/notes| Dave’s slides*
3. Zombie related meet and greet activity (yes, making zombies turn into vegans/vegetarians came up twice in class, also “…then we science…”)
*Note that Dave’s lecture is not something that will come up in the exam. However, if you’re interested in following up on the tenets of my discussion of three facets of Public Understanding of Science academics, for the 1st bit (the method), check out this piece, and for the 3rd (that science is a form of culture). Dan Kahan’s cultural cognition paper (the graph) can be found at this link.. Finally, some humour about the 1st Law of Thermodynamics.
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December 2017 (a.k.a before class – if you’re keen or procrastinating hard):
1. If you don’t already have one, you can open a twitter account (this is optional but we – and the class – will be posting interesting links throughout the term using the hashtag #ASIC200 – we hope you will do the same).
Note that there is some weak evidence that twitter use for students can lead to higher course engagement as well as slightly higher GPAs (see Junco et al, 2013. The effect of twitter on college student engagement and grades. J comput assist learn 27:119-132. link). Also note that using the #ASIC200 hashtag can win you some dice during class.
Note that this course has a fairly unconventional game design assignment. We’ll guide you through it step by step, but if you want to check it out beforehand, this is the place to start. If you’ve never played this type of game before (and just want to get a sense of what all this nonsense is about), then there are some videos you can check out at the lower half of this link. We actually have one class where we’ll be trying to play a session together, but Dave will also be hosting some evening sessions (Harry Potter themed), so there’s plenty of chances to get familiar with the concept.
3. Look over the course outline. Everything is pretty much here for you to take a sneak peek at. Note that because many of the lectures have been flipped as videos (we did this so that you have lots of in-class time to work on the game assignment), the first few weeks are a bit top heavy in terms of readings and videos to watch.
4. In fact, if you really want to get a jump on things, you can start watching our flipped video lectures. You can get to them by visiting our videos link. As well, you can even dig into some of the readings if you’re so inclined.
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Course Archive | 2016-17