GLOBES Core Coursework

Team-taught courses by faculty from multiple disciplines address fundamental principles that underlie human interactions with the environment from various perspectives and knowledge bases. For students who are working toward the GLOBES Certificate, core courses assist in the development of ideas and themes for interdisciplinary research projects. Developed especially for GLOBES are:

Global Change and Civilization (formerly Humans and the Global Environment: Coevolution or Mutual Destruction)
BIOS 60524
Instructor: Mark Schurr (Anthropology)

All human populations, from the simplest to the most complex, interact with their natural environment. Humans alter the environment and, in turn, are altered by it through biological or cultural adaptations. Global environmental changes helped to create and shape our species, and modern industrial societies are capable of altering the environment on scales that have never been seen before.This course explores the ways that humans are altering the global environment and the ways that global environmental changes alter humans in return. Students will complete the course with an understanding of the metrics and physical science associated with each type of change, their ecological implications, and the ways in which environmental changes continually reshape human biology and culture.

Humans, Genes, and the Environment
BIOS 60522
Instructors: Hope Hollocher (Biological Sciences) and Agustin Fuentes (Anthropology)

Globally humans inhabit and alter landscapes creating anthropogenic ecologies impacting all resident organisms. The distribution and structuring of genomes, the movement and virulence of pathogens, and the patterns of coexistence of organisms are all interconnected at multiple levels.This course focuses on the dynamic transactions between organisms and environments at multiple levels, with a specific consideration of impacts on health, interspecies interfaces, and population genetics. It considers theoretical perspectives and specific examples from population genetics, ecology, evolutionary biology, anthropology, and political ecology to examine scenarios of interaction between humans, genes, and the environment.


GLOBES Seminar on Interdisciplinary Research
BIOS 60581-02

This seminar will use different topics (e.g. climate change) as a lens to look at how different fields work together to address contemporary problems facing the environment. The course explores the science, political, economic, and ethical dimensions of the topic as a group of interdisciplinary scholars, working to understand the language of other fields and learning how to identify cutting-edge research questions that are interdisciplinary in nature. The course may have frequent guest speakers and a field trip where students get a hands-on look at solutions in a real-world context. The seminar is about building a shared, interdisciplinary experience through in-depth exploration of a topic. View GLOBES Fall Seminar 2015

GLOBES Communications Module

GLOBES Module on Policy and Communication Training about Scientific and Technology Issues
BIOS 60521

Policy and Communication Training is geared to individuals whose research involves the sciences and engineering and who seek to engage effectively with those outside of their specialization. It provides information about science and technology policy and communicating with policymakers and media specialists. Each session focuses on a particular topic or skill set, from media relations to stakeholder engagement. Session formats vary from presentations and panel discussions to interactive workshops and mock interviews. The policy sections expose students to information about science and technology policy (STP), the roles that scientists and engineers take on when engaging with policy issues, and career opportunities in STP. The communications workshops teach skills and practices needed to effectively communicate science and technical research to non-academic audiences. These tools are effective on a range of audiences including policymakers, the media, general public, granting agencies and other stakeholders in your research. Social media as a form of communication and networking is explored. GLOBES Module: Policy and Communication 2014

Certificate students may consider coursework from the GLOBES Master list of sample course offerings: view PDF of GLOBES Course Listing_2015.