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Exercise 3: Stereonets Introduction to Geology

This exercise is designed to familiarize you with the basic structure and use of a stereonet, which we use to draw our projections. In this exercise we will actually use equal-area projections rather than true stereographic projections, because they are easier to draw while being just as useful for most purposes


Problem Set Other Geology SDG 15 - Life on Land
Exercise 4: Reading Geological Maps Introduction to Geology

This laboratory exercise will consist of a set of hypothetical geologic examples to familiarize you with the thought process you'll need to use in interpreting simple problems.

Problem Set Other Geology SDG 15 - Life on Land
Exercise 5: Science, Policy, and Public Opinion Introduction to Geology

Your assignment is to research the questions below, and be prepared to argue either side of each issue. The class will be divided into groups, one for each issue, and each issue group will be divided in half: one half will argue in the affirmative, the other in the negative. You will not know which argument you will be making until you arrive in class, so research both sides of the issues! At the beginning of class, you will be given time to prepare your statements. We will then stage a debate for each issue, in which groups respond to questions posed by a moderator


Debate Other Geology SDG 15 - Life on Land
Field Research and Report Global Cityscope - Disaster Planning and Post-Disaster Rebuilding and Recovery

In this second phase, student teams will undertake in-depth research, analysis and design in project areas in Valparaíso. Once on the ground, students need to understand the requirements needed to realize goals and opportunities of the projects by assessing existing resources and assets, identifying critical obstacles and resources gaps to address, and defining other factors that shape effective strategies and interventions to generate the client’s desired revitalization goals for the district.

Field Report Experiential Learning Urban Studies SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities & Communities
Field Trip Introduction to Geology

Field trip resources and information for Introduction to Geology

Lab Experiential Learning Geology SDG 15 - Life on Land
Final Assignment Methods of Policy Analysis


  1. Identify a narrow policy issue of your choice (take a look at the materials provided for various case studies on the course website if you are having trouble picking a topic);
  2. Present an analysis of the policy issue;
  3. Identify alternative policies;
  4. Evaluate and analyze the policy you are studying using cost-benefit analysis, stakeholder analysis, data analysis, and / or analysis of inputs, outputs, and outcomes;
  5. Apply the correct type(s) of policy analysis to the alternatives;
  6. Present the results of your analysis and the give the best option based on your criteria; and
  7. Make suggestions for implementing, monitoring, and evaluating the policy.


Paper, Presentation Inquiry-Based Learning Policy SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities & Communities
Final Communication Project Good Food: Ethics and Politics of Food

Media Option: Students who choose this option will create a pamphlet, lesson plan, wiki, blog or webpage in which they (a) introduce a moral question concerning food choices or food policy, (b) provide material that presents arguments on different sides of the issue, (c) outline the arguments on each side in their strongest (most plausible) form and (d) give a brief evaluation of the arguments and draws conclusions, where possible. (If a lesson plan, the product should also include an activity that will prompt reflection or discussion.) The product should also provide information about where to find more information on the topic.

Varies Other Ethics SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
Final Design Review & Presentations D-Lab: Energy

Each team will prepare the following: one-minute presentation; poster session and final design review.

Poster, Presentation Experiential Learning Energy SDG 7 - Affordable & Clean Energy
Final Exam Sustainability: Political Economy, Science, and Policy

Please answer question 1; and then either question 2 or question 3. This is the same type of format and approach as the mid-term.

Suggested length: No fewer than 5 pages and no more than 7 pages for each question, double spaced, not triple spaced with wide margins. (Of course if you can do an excellent essay in less than 5 pages, by all means proceed).

  • Each answer is in essence an 'essay' on the topics you have selected. You must draw on the assigned readings.
  • Do not use the same readings as you did in the mid-term, or focus on the same topic.
  • Since you need to demonstrate familiarity with the assigned readings relevant to each question, feel free to draw from materials across the 13 weeks - as needed.
  • Do not use the same assigned readings for both questions. If you find it necessary to draw on the same assignments, use additional references to make up for the 'double duty factor.'
  • Try to use at least 4 different sources in your answer to each question.
  • For general points, please note that you need the author's name; for specific points noted, you need the author plus the relevant page. Please add your reference list at the end of each question.
Exam Other Political Science SDG 15 - Life on Land
Final Exam Introduction to Sustainable Energy

This is a take-home quiz. You may use any class notes, texts, or other reliable sources that you wish, but be sure to cite any sources you use. State all assumptions made.

Exam Other Energy SDG 7 - Affordable & Clean Energy