• 6-week
  • Course
Global Scientific Issues

This non-laboratory course takes up various scientific problems confronting the human species on our fragile planet and also examines ideas for combating these problems:

  • What sources of energy will best serve humankind in the future, while doing the least harm?
  • How can we best employ water for personal use and irrigation without leading to health problems and soil degradation?
  • What are the causes and effects of global warming, and how can Earth’s temperatures be stabilized?
  • What measures have proven effective, and what innovations may be employed in the future, in controlling AIDS, malaria, and pandemics?
  • How will the growing populations of the world obtain adequate nutrition and shelter?

These questions call upon students to consider various viewpoints as they seek ways to achieve sustainability for the human species.

The course includes oral presentations and debates as well as writing and assessments.

Note: Matriculating and current Choate students who wish to fulfill the diploma requirement in contemporary global studies must first obtain permission from the academic year Science department head as part of the application process for Summer Programs, and must then comply with all attendance and course expectations. The Science department head will determine final eligibility for diploma credit based upon the student’s successful completion of the course.

  • 6-week
  • Block 2
  • Choate Diploma Credit
  • High School

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