Volcanoes of the World|
Large volcanic eruptions have left their mark on human history and some volcanoes have reached iconic status just by their presence (think Mt. Fuji). Volcanoes have provided inspiration for paintings and books (e.g., Cotopaxi by Frank Church; the volcano lover Susan Sontag), and have provided myths and legends on dark forces of nature as well as real life dramas. Most recently, the Icelandic Eyjafjallajökull eruption in 2010 paralyzed the European airspace with an estimated damage to the airline industry of 1.7 billion dollars. Volcanoes thus are a prime example of liberal arts connectivity--science, history, art and economics to mention a few. The course covers some of the basics of volcanology (where, what and when), and discuss examples of famous eruptions throughout history and their impact on life (which includes climatic impacts). These volcanic events also provide a window into history that allows us to peek back at what was happening then (e.g., Pompeii). Students would either write about a given volcano and its most famous eruption (e.g., Vesuvius, Mount Saint Helens, Hawaii), about a volcanic process (ash fall, toxic gases) or about literary--art aspects (volcano paintings of the Hudson school, famous books on volcanoes). The book written by our own Jelle deBoer and Tom Sanders: VOLCANOES IN HUMAN HISTORY: THE FAR-REACHING EFFECTS OF MAJOR ERUPTIONS will be used as the text.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
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|Special Attributes: FYS|
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Jelle deBoer and Tom Sanders, VOLCANOES IN HUMAN HISTORY: THE FAR-REACHING EFFECTS OF MAJOR ERUPTIONS
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The class requires three written papers: 2 short ones during the course and a final paper at the end. Short papers have a length of 3-5 pages, whereas the long paper will be 15-20 pages. There will be small class group presentations on famous eruptions. The grading is 2 times 20% for the short papers, 40% for the long paper and 20% for the class presentations.
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THIS SECTION IS A FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR (FYS) CLASS.
|Instructor(s): Varekamp,Johan C. Times: .M.W.F. 09:00AM-09:50AM; Location: SCIE355; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: X||JR major: X|| || |
|Seats Available: 0||GRAD: X||SR non-major: X||JR non-major: X||SO: X||FR: 15|
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