Science expeditions: past, present and future
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HS272
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
Over three sessions, the course will introduce selected science expeditions from the disciplines of botany, astronomy and ecology and from the past to the present. While each expedition differs from one another, the three sessions will all cover the expeditions' backgrounds, how the expeditions unfolded and their impact.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Run by historical horticulturalist Letta Jones, the first session will unpack the life, times and explorations of the plant collector Enerest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) who is credited with bringing more than 1,000 plants from China to the West.
Featuring physicist Dr. Gary Retallick, the second session will explore the expedition of the British astronomers Frank Watson Dyson and Athur Stanley Eddington to Brazil and São Tomé, which focused on starligt reflection, made frontpage news across most major newspapers and propelled Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity to global fame.
Run by ecologist and PhD Fellow Verity Miles, the third session will focus on the contemporary maritime expedition that focused on plastic polution and involved both Exeter University and Greenpeace.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- understand the role of the particular scientific expeditions covered
- appreciate the broader role of expeditions in the advancement of scientific knowledge more broadly
- see more clearly how scientific knowledge has been and is generated in different ways across different disciplines and different times.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is aimed at beginners and requires no particular skills. A good command of English and a strong sense of curiosity will help you, however.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will contain lecture presentations, discussions and Q & A elements.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs, but you may wish to have paper and pen, or their digital equvivalents, available to you.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
A similar course with different expeditions may appear in our programme next term, but please check out the science and nature section for more courses this term.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.