Online Class: Global Warming

Learn exactly what Global Warming is, why supporters believe it is a real problem and the ways in which it is thought to affect the world in which we live.


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Course Description

There have been few environmental issues that have polarized a nation as much as Global Warming. From those who predict that the Earth will eventually get so hot that it will self-incinerate to those who believe that the entire notion of a warming planet is something manufactured by political operatives anxious to please their constituents, Global Warming is an issue that has been and will continue to be hotly contested in both public and private arenas.

Unlike many other hot-button issues, however, Global Warming is widely misunderstood by the general public. Confusion surrounding Global Warming comes at many levels: there are some who steadfastly believe that it is entirely a man-made issue while others equate Global Warming with the expanding hole in the atmosphere's ozone layer (a condition widely believed to be caused by widespread use of aerosols). 

In this course, we will learn exactly what Global Warming is, why supporters believe it is a real problem and the ways in which it is thought to affect the world in which we live. Along the way, we will learn a little bit about the climatic history of the Earth and take a look at some of the ways in which we can help to reduce the warming effects of some of our activities.

To be sure, the issues surrounding Global Warming are complex and there is still a great deal that we don't know about how the Earth will respond to changing conditions. This course is not intended to teach you everything you need to know about Global Warming -- such a course probably doesn't exist. What this course will provide, however, it an overview of the issues as they are currently known which should help to provide a basic understanding of the topic.
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Course Lessons

Lesson 1: Introduction to Global Warming

This lesson summarizes the definition of global warming and the most common terminology associated with it. 22 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: Understanding Climatology

This lesson provides climatology terminology and history from the Ice Age to present era. 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: The Greenhouse Effect

This lesson describes how certain gases effect Earth's temperature. 21 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Where is all the Hot Air Coming From?

This lesson discusses the natural and man-made sources of greenhouse gas. 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: The Effects of Global Warming - Part 1

This lesson addresses some of the economic, health, and environmental issues associated with global warming. 19 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: The Effects of Global Warming - Part II

This lesson deals with the effects of global warming on crops, wildlife, forestry, and migration. 19 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Lesson discussions: What Would You Miss Most?
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: The Scientific Support for Global Warming

This lesson discusses the human influence on global warming. 22 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: The Argument Against Global Warming

This lesson addresses the question: fact or fallacy, political or media frenzy? Who is right? Additional lesson topics: Is Global Warming Happening? 19 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Global Warming?
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Our Response Thus Far

This lesson discusses domestic and worldwide response on how to reduce global warming. 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Doing our Part

This lesson describes some of the easiest ways the general public can safeguard our environment. 22 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Doing our Part Poll; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define global warming.
  • Describe climatology.
  • Describe the greenhouse effect.
  • Summarize the effects of global warming.
  • Summarize the scientific support for global warming.
  • Summarize the argument against global warming.
  • Describe our response thus far.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Student Testimonials

  • "Thanks, I enjoyed learning from you." -- Gary C.
  • "I was happy with the course overall." -- Gary C.
  • "The instructor has prepared a well-organized and enlightening course. This course should be taken by all individuals who wish to learn about what is happening to our Earth and the devastating affects of the emissions of the greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. We must take action now to preserve our Earth for future generations." -- Sara H.
  • "The entire course was extremely useful for me. I have learned that global warming is happening and that each one of us can do something to control this warming of the Earth." -- sara H.