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LTE 199Y1Y: Living Things and Their Environment (4)

Section Title College Time
L0121 Plants as We See Them   Timetable
L0361 Time   Timetable


LTE 199Y1 Living Things and their Environment: Category 4

LTE 199Y1Y
  Section L0121                                                               

Plants As We See Them

The intent of this seminar is to overcome the animal perceptual bias that leads us to see plants simply as part of the landscape, the background upon which the seemingly more interesting animals play out their lives. In the process, students will learn about how plants are put together and how they interact with the physical environment, animals, and each other, and will discover that the lives of plants are eminently suited to their spectacular success on Earth.

Instructor: J. Eckenwalder, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Breadth category: 4 Living Things and Their Environment

LTE 199Y1Y          
Section L0361                                                               


Everyone has been fascinated for one reason or another in the subject of time. Whether it be the nature of time itself, the perception of time, the manipulation of time, or issues involving timing. This fascination is expressed very often in science fiction literature, where time travel or time dilation are often used to present creative stories.  Focus of this course is to examine how fiction writers use the knowledge of time that is presented in different from physics and cosmology to the biological and psychological. The different ways in which time is addressed in various disciplines gives us different perspectives on what time really is. With this sense of time, we will look at the use of time in science fiction. The philosophy on which the course is based is that to write well, it is essential to read extensively. The general approach will be reading, discussion (critique) and writing (and more critique). Each week the class will be expected to read short stories of science fiction, and to write a brief (less than one page) synopsis of what they have read. In addition, there will be in class assignments and take home assignments; exercises that will provide outlines of stories that the class will be asked to write. This will culminate in the second term with the writing, critiquing, and editing of a short story using time as a theme, by each student in the class.

Instructor: M. Ralph, Psychology
Breadth category: 4 Living Things and Their Environment