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Objectives and Philosophy:

Most university classes are designed to transmit a block of information and to assess how much of it students picked up. The colloquium for Earth, Life, and Time is meant to be different. Here, our goals are: Because our primary aim is as much to foster an appreciation of historical natural sciences as to tramsmit a body of knowledge, the colloquium is graded primarily on the basis of participation in class discussions and projects. The exact lineup of colloquium activities depends on students' background and prior knowledge.

Each semester of the Earth, Life & Time program forms one coherent whole that also contributes to a three semester long exploration on the methods and perspectives of natural historical sciences and their interaction with human society.

Syllabi by semester: