GEOS 111
Radical Science- How Geology Changed the Way We See the World
Last Offered Fall 2022
Division III Writing Skills
This course is not offered in the current catalog

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Copernicus shocked Europe when he suggested that the Earth is not the center of the universe. Hutton and other geologists made an equally radical proposal more than two centuries later when they introduced the concept of deep time and argued that the Earth was much older than 6,000 years, as determined by biblical scholars. Several decades later, Darwin and Wallace shook the foundation of western philosophy once more when they proposed that organisms evolved. When geologists reinterpreted landscape features once attributed to the great flood as evidence for past continental glaciation, the concept of extreme climate change through time sprang to life. During the 20th century, the permanence of Earth’s geography was challenged by the continental drift hypothesis, which was initially rejected for decades until it reemerged as plate tectonic theory. This tutorial explores how geologic breakthroughs challenged western views of humans as the center of creation living in a world with limited change. There will be weekly tutorial meetings with pairs of students, and students will alternate writing papers on assigned topics. This course is in the Solid Earth group for the Geosciences major.
The Class: Format: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1948
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: five 5-page papers and five oral critiques of partner's papers
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: First year students then second year students
Distributions: Division III Writing Skills
WS Notes: Students will write five 5-page papers and will receive peer and instructor feedback on how to improve their writing skills and formulate sound arguments.

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