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.
There is no textbook for this course, but there are a variety of readings drawn from different sources. 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 206 Prof. Pasternack is on sabbatical and this course will not be taught. it will return in Fall 2017.
For Fall 2015, here are the locations and times for the sections:
Lecture is Wed 5:10-6:00 pm in Kleiber 3.
Movie Screening is Wed 6:00-8:00 pm in Kleiber 3.
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.