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SCED370-Science and Society-Fall 2010 Alejandro Acevedo-Gutirrez
 

Summary: SCED370- Science and Society- Fall 2010
Alejandro Acevedo-Gutiérrez
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Meeting: SL210 (later SL240); MWF 9:00-9:50.
Phone/email: acevedo@biol.wwu.edu, 650-3653
Office Hours: BI 309: M 10-12, 13-14; W 10-12
Communications: Blackboard
Textbook.
Easton, T. A. 2010. Taking sides: Clashing Views on Environmental Issues. 13th
edition. McGraw-Hill.
ISBN: 978-0-07-351445-1.
As the human population of Earth inexorably grows and as human activities have more and more
profound effects on the environment, science becomes an essential tool for understanding human impacts.
Yet, as the importance of using scientific tools increases, the public, if anything, is becoming less
sophisticated, unaware that science in many cases involves controversy and that even well-
intentioned scientists often have opposing views to particular topics.
In this course, you will analyze contradictory positions and reach considered judgments regarding
selected environmental issues. By doing so, the following goals will be accomplished:
1) You will understand why science involves controversy and what its strengths and limitations are in
solving environmental issues.

  

Source: Acevedo, Alejandro - Department of Biology, Western Washington University

 

Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology