SAS 004 : Water in Popular Culture
Greg Pasternack, Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources
Formal: Importance of water in many aspects of society as revealed through a survey of its depictions in film.
Informal: This class is about a student's individual quest to find meaning in life through illumination about our own nature, how societies create meaningful events that influence people, and the role of nature, best exemplified by water, in forming the milieu within which people strive, struggle, achieve, or fail.
Student Learning Objectives:
- Explain the importance of water in modern American society, considering such focal issues as water scarcity, flood risk, and water quality.
- Explain the importance of water in world civilization, considering such issues as global climate change, environmental stewardship, international water conflicts, and water development in economically poor nations.
- Recognize manifestations of individual psychology and lifestyle culture in the way people (and societies) interact with each other when coping with diverse societal issues related to natural resources.
- Deconstruct the elements of a movie or tv show involving both character development and scientific ideas, analyze them, and present them thoughtfully to other people using written and oral communication.
This courses uses a curated blend of free and purchased readings. To save money several of the readings can be obtained for free using online courses, but some very important readings for the do have to be purchased. These have been aggregated into a single "course reader" you can buy online. A complete list of the readings with guidance on how to obtain each reading and when to read them can be found on the SAS004 readings page.
Introductory Video Motivating Course
Watch the video below to see a mash up of clips from various tv shows and movies that help motivate what the course is about. The video will not tell you directly what the course is about, but is the first step to gaining insights about Water in Popular Culture. While you watch the video and afterwards, think about what you think it all means.
Note that the video clips used in this short video are all short enough to meet the fair use criteria for educational use of internet and video content. The clip from Heroes and the one clip from Grizzly Man with the Discovery Channel logo came from YouTube, while the remaining clips came from Netflix.
If the streaming video player below does not work for you, then you can download the video to your computer and watch it thereafter by clicking on one of the links below. If you can watch it streaming, then you do not have to download a video file at all.
- 640 x 480 (480p) format that balances speed and quality. (158 MB file)
- 1920 x 1280 (HD) format that provides larges size and best quality. (1.23 GB file)
"Illumination about our own nature"
For Fall 2018, here are the locations and times for the sections:
Lecture is Wed 5:10-6:00 pm in Giedt 1002.
Movie Screening is Wed 6:00-8:00 pm in Giedt 1002.
Discussion Section details maye be found at this link
Copyright Greg Pasternack 2005.
All federal and state copyrights reserved for all original material presented in this course through any medium, including lecture or print. Individuals are prohibited from being paid for taking, selling, or otherwise transferring for value, personal class notes made during this course to any entity without the express written permission of Greg Pasternack. In addition to legal sanctions, students found in violation of these prohibitions may be subject to University disciplinary action.