Sophomores, please read me: If you consider yourself a Sophomore in academic year 2021-22 and the IntroSems' VCA shows you in a different cohort (i.e., Frosh or Junior), please make a note of your correct cohort within your statement of interest. It is not possible to change the cohort field in the IntroSems' VCA, but the instructor will see your note when they build their class.
IntroSems quarters and schedules subject to change--check back often. Visit Re-Approaching Stanford for the latest updates on Academic Year 2021-22.
Introductory Seminars for First-Year Students
The Global Warming Paradox
This seminar explores global warming and climate change. The point of departure for analysis and discussion will be the complex climate challenges posed by the substantial benefits of energy consumption, and the barriers that the scale of global energy poverty create for human well-being (including vulnerability to climate-related stresses such as droughts, floods, heat waves, and intense storms). Our discussions will be focused on exploration of what is currently known and not known about Earth's climate system and its interactions with human activities, including Earth's energy balance; detection and attribution of climate change; impacts of climate change on natural and human systems; and proposed methods for curbing further climate change. These topics cut across a broad range of traditional disciplines. Our primary format will be groupwork analyzing real-world datasets, facilitated discussion and shared writing. Breaking media coverage of current events and relevant papers will also be dissected.