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

1. The VancouverCOP simulation is happening next week – here is a pdf of how that is generally going to go (Note that Allen went over this last night). If you were away last class and didn’t receive your (country or region specific) briefing, please email Allen (asens at mail dot ubc dot ca). Note, we noticed that quite a few people were away yesterday. Please remember that attendance is expected – next week, we may take attendance.

2. The first HP D&D session is happening tonight! We have one or two spots available for some of the remaining Harry Potter D&D times (Jan 21st, Jan 23rd and Dave has time to do a 4th if there is quorum on a time). Please use the doodle page ASAP if interested.

3. Dave mentioned making an ASIC200 collaborative spotify playlist. This one will fall under the element Germanium (see wiki) given its close association with solar panels and LED manufacturing (so it sort of fits!) It would be great to get as many students to add their songs to the mix. A couple notes: (1) aiming for a “we got this” vibe for the mix (imagine something you want to listen to before going into an international climate change meeting); (2) limit your additions to a max of 4 songs; and (3) please don’t add songs that are generally disrespectful in narrative/tone (although this doesn’t mean it can’t have the “explicit” label). Here’s the link to the mix – link. Note that you have to “follow” the playlist to add to it (although you still remain anonymous when you do this). You can also send on song suggestions via email or twitter.

4. The #asic200 hashtag was pretty active with lots of great stuff – articles, memes, even poetry. Get involved to try and win some dice!

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Reading/Viewing/Listening to be completed before class on Jan 24:

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January 17th: (Third class) Climate Change Humanities
screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-5-17-33-pm1. Allen’s lecture on climate change. In particular, a quick white board run through of the events leading up to Copenhagen, and then the bulk of his lecture about the Paris Agreement to present (Trumpian/Poland) day. Notes | Slides.

2. This class also provided some time (~20 to 30 min) to get together with your country group for next week’s VancouverCOP simulation. Note that your briefing is to remain top secret. Details on the process can be found here. Specific delegate briefings were handed out in class – if you were away, please contact Allen to obtain your notes (asens at mail dot ubc dot ca).

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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). 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. Best to do this before the weekend if possible.
3. Just an early heads up that the solo assignment #1 is due February 7th. This is your future projection of your chosen locale based on physical (re: climate, etc) features.
4. There was lots of interesting stuff linked to the #asic200 hashtag this past week. Worth checking out if you’re procrastinating.
5. Details on Lauryn’s announcement about student work balance research can be found here.

125742-200Reading/Viewing/Listening to be completed before class on Jan 17:

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January 10th: (Second class) Climate Change Science
screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-5-17-33-pm1. Some housekeeping.
2. Allen introduced the Vancouver COP simulation activity. See above “announcements” for full details and docs.
3. Dave briefly described elements ofthe 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 7 before class).
4. 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 this document (or the 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 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. 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)

cloudReading/Viewing/Listening to be completed before class on Jan 10:

  • ASIC 200 Climate Change Science Videos parts 1 to 4. https://myasic200.wordpress.com/video-lectures/
  • Skim 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/2/2018/07/SR15_SPM_High_Res.pdf This report was just released 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 (most of the meaty content is in the 2013 report). Note that you’re 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 understand these important documents. 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/2018/12/12/climate/year-in-climate-change.html

January 3rd (First class):
screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-5-17-33-pm1. Introductions. See contact and outline pages for full details. Meet the team (hello slides)!
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 (yes, we had super teams that would deal with zombies by annoying them and epic levels of complaining; working out whether they had brains and just generally being “incredibly athletic”; and by international political discourse to lure them to Australia)

*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 2018 (a.k.a 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. Speaking of which, you can even just buy some Dungeons and Dragon die (also optional). Local shops: i, ii, iii.

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.

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

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