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Critical Steps in the Evolution of Earth and life

The concept Earth System Science is introduced. This is followed by some critical events in the evolution of Earth and life.

GG5123

Among these are theories about the origin of life, the Cambrian explosion, how life conquered the continents, and the five big mass extinctions. The course ends with climate history, how climates changed from a warm greenhouse world to the present icehouse world that began 34 million years ago.

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  • Course structure

    Assessment

    is based on a written/oral assessment at the end of the course. Assessment criteria are:

    A = Excellent
    B = Very good
    C = Good
    D = Satisfactory
    E = Sufficient
    Fx = Insufficient
    F = Entirely insufficient

    The assessment criteria will be outlined at the start of the course. To pass the course, a minimum grade E is necessary.

  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Web based lectures + Steven M Stanley: Earth System History, 4th Edition, W.H. Freeman, 2014. ISBN 1429255269, 9781429255264.

  • Course reports

    Course evaluations allow the possibility to affect and take responsibility for your own learning and gives important information for our work with pedagogical development.

    It's important that all students complete the course evaluations after each course, it gives the Department the opportunity to improve the courses' quality.

    The course evaluation is composed of a number of questions and specific questions for each course. If you, as a student, want to contribute with more course specific questions you may send them to studies@geo.su.se.

    If you haven't received the course evaluation for your finished course, or if you have other questions regarding course evaluations at IGV please contact studies@geo.su.se.

    Course evaluation = student's review of the course
    Course report = course leader's reflections about the review

  • Contact

    Helen CoxallSenior lecturer, Marine micropaleontology
    Helen Coxall
    helen.coxall@geo.su.se
    +46 (0)8 674 78 58 | Room: R233

     

    Margret SteinthorsdottirMargret Steinthorsdottir
    Swedish Museum of Natural History affiliated with Department of Geological Sciences (IGV)
    margret.steinthorsdottir@nrm.se