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Check out the #asic200 twitter feed! Lots of good stuff will be featured here as the semester progresses.

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1. Heads up, 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). If you were away on the class where countries/groups were assigned, you will need to contact Allen immediately. 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. If possible, please sign up before Saturday morning if possible (link to signing up here).
3. Just an early heads up that the solo assignment #1 is due February 13th. This is your future projection of your chosen locale based on physical (re: climate, etc) features.
4. Don’t forget that you can win dice by way of twitter.

125742-200Reading/Viewing/Listening to be completed before class on Jan 23:

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January 16th: (Second class) Climate Change Science
screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-5-17-33-pm1. Some housekeeping.
3. Allen introduced the Vancouver COP simulation activity. See above “announcements” for full details and docs.
4. Dave briefly described elements of 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 13 before class).
2. Dave’s lecture on climate change (an informal overview of IPCC report AR5, 2013 and the SR15 global warming of 1.5C report, 2018). pdf of Dave’s slides.
Again, as stressed in class, the objective is not to memorize the info in these documents (or the presentation – hence no written notes provided), but to be comfortable with your knowledge base so that you can follow along 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 and also your solo assignment #2. Again, the videos are key, and to clarify what you need to know in the videos, here is the pdf of notes that accompany the video.

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1. Don’t forget about the twitter and #ASIC200 opportunity (win dice)!

2. The ASIC200 class spotify playlist is really good! Go check it out at this playlist link. If you’re hankering for some interesting trivia around the element Antimony generally (involving ancient Egypt and the fact that the element is gendered in a way), go check out this instagram link.

3. 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 5 players per session for quorum. (link – please read the instructions at the poll, and leave your full name on the doodle, so Dave can confirm via email- note that no prior experience is necessary)

January 9th (First class):
screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-5-17-33-pm1. Introductions. See contact and outline pages for full details.
2. Global as a scientific, social science, and humanities concept. (Dave/Allen) – Dave’s slides* | Allen’s slides/notes
3. Zombie related meet and greet activity.

*Includes intro slides and zombie stuff. 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 around Public Understanding of Science academics, you can check out this piece I wrote a number of years ago. As well, Dan Kahan’s cultural cognition paper (the graph about the content being less important than the messenger) can be found at this link.. Finally, some humour about the 1st Law of Thermodynamics.

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Reading/Viewing/Listening to be completed before class on Jan 16:

  • ASIC 200 Climate Change Science Videos parts 1 to 4. https://myasic200.wordpress.com/video-lectures/ Note that at this same link you can find the text notes for the videos, and most importantly, you can see which parts you are actually on the hook for when it comes time for the exam.
  • Skim – meaning look over – through the “IPCC special report:Global Warming of 1.5 °C: Summary for Policy Makers” (2018) located at https://www.ipcc.ch/site/assets/uploads/sites/2/2019/05/SR15_SPM_version_report_LR.pdf This report was just released last year and covered extensively in the media. Here is an example of such coverage from the New York Times (link).
  • Also skim through the AR5 “Summary for Policymakers” (2013) located at: https://www.ipcc.ch/site/assets/uploads/2018/02/WG1AR5_SPM_FINAL.pdf
  • Dave will actually be summarizing elements of both of these reports in his climate change lecture next week. (Note that you are NOT REQUIRED to memorize this stuff, and any mention in the final exam will provide the proper the context and details for you to answer questions, but you do need to have sufficient grasp of the concepts to at least be able to follow along these important documents (which BTW, are primarily written for the politicians in the room). Pro-tip: these documents will also be very handy for your Solo assignment #1)
  • 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 paper, but note that this will be a lot more technical than the level covered in this course.
  • Optional but definitely worth browsing through. The New York Times has a nice “year in Climate Change” section with many interesting pieces that cover both scientific and social science angles. Go to https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/12/13/climate/year-in-review.html

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Before Class (if you’re keen or procrastinating hard):
screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-5-34-55-pm1. 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.

2. Yeah, this course involves a pretty innovative assignment involving some game design that’s a little like D&D. This part of the course has gotten some amazing positive feedback, but we’re also sensitive to the fact that many students might be a bit anxious about such an unconventional approach. Don’t worry though, we spend a lot of time in class guiding you through this, so you should be good go (as well as have fun along the way).

Still, 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.

Speaking of game stuff, if you want to buy some Dungeons and Dragon die (optional, as we also supply them). Local shops: i, ii, iii.

3. Although we’ll be covering this in the first class, you can take a quick peak at 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.

5. Familiarize yourself with your instructors. Allen and Dave.

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