Geological Hazards & the Popular Media
This course will give students the background they need to critically evaluate geological hazards and disasters as they are portrayed in the news media and popular films. Students will learn the science behind many common geological hazards, such as mass movement and earthquakes. They will then be required to do reviews of two news articles over the course of the term for evaluation. They will also take part in weekly group discussions on current articles that they bring to class, review the science in a “disaster” movie, and do peer evaluations of the article reviews before they are submitted. Students will attend planetarium shows, and hear talks by visiting scientists for the monthly San Angelo Geological Society meetings.