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UE: SCI 210SC: Energy & Its Impact on Global Society

Science 210

Course Description

Energy is the single most important topic that will impact society in this century. In the twenty-first century, it is essential for every person to develop an understanding of energy.  As consumers of energy, and decision-making citizens in matters related to energy and its effects on the environment and society, our graduates should have an appropriate understanding and knowledge of the issues related to energy and the environment.

Energy consumption has been growing exponentially, mirroring a society's state of development, while at the same time impacting our environment in many important and sensitive ways. To exercise sound decision making requires us to use critical thinking and reflection about core values, to safeguard our natural resources and preserve planet Earth.

Online Reference Sources / Databases


The Notes Handout

  1. Write a short summary of each article chosen, using the Notes handout.
  2. At the top of each summary, write a citation for the journal article using APA format.  

  3. Remember, the syllabus and the LibGuide for this course recommend lots of good resources. 

Sample article (PDF)

As you read this sample article, think about the inferred theoretical framework. If you follow the "bread crumb trail" of the works cited for this article, you can figure out what research or other writings the author was was using to help support his or her hypothesis or research.

Ask yourself:

  1. What is the main point of the article?
  2. Are there any words you don't know the meaning of? (Write them down, look them up).
  3. Are there any cause/effect or other relaltionships described? If yes, what are they?
  4. What are the key ideas conveyed by the author?
  5. Are there other readings you could complete to help you understand the topic better?
  6. Would this author be considered an authoritative source? Why or Why not?
  7. Would this article be an acceptable one for use for this class? Why or why not?

Plugging in to the sun (National Geographic, 2009)