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Catastrophic Risks and Solutions (CRS) Approved Courses

This concentration allows students to focus on understanding, anticipating, communicating, and reducing large-scale catastrophic risks, defined as threats to large cities, regions, ethnic groups, entire societies, human civilization, or humanity itself. Examples include climate change, pandemics, ecosystem collapse, famine, nuclear war, genocide, earthquakes, asteroid impacts, and uncontrolled or hostile artificial intelligence. Students in this concentration will choose one or several such risks and define a plan of study that includes analysis, tools for understanding, and current knowledge of how they might be solved or reduced in scale and scope. Examples of analysis and tools for understanding include scientific approaches (statistics, modeling), social science approaches (psychology, anthropology, or sociology of risk), and humanistic studies (history, fiction, film, art). 
 
The Catastrophic Risks and Solutions concentration will let students explore how natural, technological, economic, political, and social dimensions of catastrophic risks interact. For example, students might study how technological choices, history, socioeconomic status, and geography combine to shape which groups are most vulnerable to climate change. Or they might examine the factors that govern risk perception and willingness to pay for mitigation, and how those factors play out differently with respect to several major risks. Policy studies of particular risk-mitigation measures would be another avenue open to students in this concentration.
 
Students will learn to synthesize multiple approaches using STS analytical frameworks and sensibilities, which they cultivate through Major Core and Concentration Core courses.
Title Notes Quarter Day, Time, Location
BIOE 122
BioSecurity and Pandemic Resilience (EMED 122, EMED 222, PUBLPOL 122, PUBLPOL 222)
Trounce, M.
. 2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday Friday
11:30am - 12:50pm
Remote
BIOE 131
Ethics in Bioengineering (ETHICSOC 131X)
2020-2021 Spring
CEE 107A
Understanding Energy (CEE 207A, EARTHSYS 103)
Woodward, J., Gragg, D., Stasio, K.
2020-2021 Autumn
Monday Wednesday Friday
1:00pm - 2:20pm
Remote
CEE 107A
Understanding Energy (CEE 207A, EARTHSYS 103)
Woodward, J., Gragg, D., Stasio, K.
2020-2021 Spring
Monday Wednesday Friday
10:00am - 11:20am
Remote
CEE 118X
Shaping the Future of the Bay Area (CEE 218X, ESS 118X, ESS 218X, GEOLSCI 118X, GEOLSCI 218X, GEOPHYS 118X, GEOPHYS 218X, POLISCI 218X, PUBLPOL 118X, PUBLPOL 218X)
Wong-Parodi, G., Ouyang, D., Cain, B., Suckale, J.
2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Remote
CEE 118Y
Shaping the Future of the Bay Area (CEE 218Y, ESS 118Y, ESS 218Y, GEOLSCI 118Y, GEOLSCI 218Y, GEOPHYS 118Y, GEOPHYS 218Y, POLISCI 218Y, PUBLPOL 118Y, PUBLPOL 218Y)
Wong-Parodi, G., Ouyang, D., Kasmalkar, I., Cain, B., Suckale, J., Mehta, J., Ortolano, L.
2020-2021 Winter
Remote
CEE 118Z
Shaping the Future of the Bay Area (CEE 218Z, GEOLSCI 118Z, GEOLSCI 218Z, GEOPHYS 118Z, GEOPHYS 218Z, POLISCI 218Z)
Katz, G., Ouyang, D., Cain, B., Suckale, J., Leckie, J., Ortolano, L., Bardhan, R., Sarte, S., Nishimura, R.
2020-2021 Spring
Remote
CEE 166B
Water Resources and Hazards (CEE 266B)
Freyberg, D.
2020-2021 Winter
Wednesday Friday
10:00am - 11:20am
Remote
CEE 176B
100% Clean, Renewable Energy and Storage for Everything (CEE 276B)
Appleby, J., Meyer, C., Jacobson, M.
2020-2021 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
1:30pm - 2:50pm
Remote
CEE 263C
Weather and Storms (CEE 63)
Jacobson, M.
2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Remote
CEE 274D
Pathogens and Disinfection
2020-2021 Spring
CEE 278A
Air Pollution Fundamentals
Hildemann, L.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday Friday
2:30pm - 3:30pm
CEE 287
Earthquake Resistant Design and Construction
Miranda, E.
2020-2021 Spring
Monday Wednesday
11:30am - 1:20pm
Remote
CEE 288
Introduction to Performance Based Earthquake Engineering
Kiremidjian, A.
2020-2021 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
CEE 296
Regional Seismic Risk Analysis and Risk Management
Baker, J.
2020-2021 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Remote
CEE 297M
Managing Critical Infrastructure
McCann, M.
2020-2021 Spring
Wednesday
4:00pm - 5:00pm
CEE 70
Environmental Science and Technology (ENGR 90)
Kopperud, R.
2020-2021 Winter
Remote
CEE 70
Environmental Science and Technology (ENGR 90)
Kopperud, R.
2020-2021 Summer
COMPLIT 207
Why is Climate Change Un-believable? Interdisciplinary Approaches to Environmental Action
Palumbo-Liu, D.
2020-2021 Spring
Monday Wednesday
1:00pm - 2:20pm
Remote
COMPLIT 371
Critical Theory and Ecology: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (CHINA 371)
Wang, B.
2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday Thursday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote
COMPMED 123
Immunology of Infectious Disease
Vicetti Miguel, R., Cherpes, T.
2020-2021 Spring
Monday Wednesday
11:30am - 12:30pm
Remote
CS 155
Computer and Network Security
Boneh, D., Durumeric, Z.
2020-2021 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote
CS 221
Artificial Intelligence: Principles and Techniques
Liang, P., Koh, P., Sadigh, D., Soylu, D.
2020-2021 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
1:00pm - 2:20pm
Remote
CS 221
Artificial Intelligence: Principles and Techniques
Hashimoto, T., Wu, J.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
1:00pm - 2:20pm
Remote
CS 221
Artificial Intelligence: Principles and Techniques
Anari, N., Finn, C.
2020-2021 Spring
Monday Wednesday
1:00pm - 2:20pm
Remote
CS 224N
Natural Language Processing with Deep Learning (LINGUIST 284, SYMSYS 195N)
Manning, C.
2020-2021 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
4:30pm - 5:50pm
Remote
CS 224W
Machine Learning with Graphs
Leskovec, J.
2020-2021 Winter
Tuesday Thursday
10:30am - 11:50am
Remote
CS 229
Machine Learning (STATS 229)
Ng, A., Re, C., Zhu, M., Ma, T., Ding, T.
2020-2021 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
10:00am - 11:20am
Remote
CS 229
Machine Learning (STATS 229)
Charikar, M., Re, C.
2020-2021 Spring
Monday Friday
4:00pm - 5:20pm
Remote
CS 229
Machine Learning (STATS 229)
Avati, A.
2020-2021 Summer
Monday Wednesday Friday
1:30pm - 3:20pm
CS 230
Deep Learning
Ng, A., Katanforoosh, K.
2020-2021 Autumn
Tuesday
8:30am - 9:50am
Remote
CS 230
Deep Learning
Ng, A., Katanforoosh, K.
2020-2021 Winter
Thursday
8:30am - 9:50am
Remote
CS 230
Deep Learning
Ng, A., Katanforoosh, K.
2020-2021 Spring
Thursday
8:30am - 9:50am
Remote
CS 231N
Convolutional Neural Networks for Visual Recognition
Li, F.
2020-2021 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
1:00pm - 2:20pm
Remote
CS 255
Introduction to Cryptography
Boneh, D.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote
CS 273B
Deep Learning in Genomics and Biomedicine (BIODS 237, BIOMEDIN 273B, GENE 236)
Zou, J., Kundaje, A.
2020-2021 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
2:30pm - 3:50pm
Remote
CS 335
Fair, Accountable, and Transparent (FAccT) Deep Learning
Landay, J., Wei, W.
2020-2021 Spring
Wednesday Friday
1:00pm - 2:20pm
Remote
CS 372
Artificial Intelligence for Disease Diagnosis and Information Recommendations
Chang, E.
2020-2021 Spring
Tuesday Thursday
8:30am - 9:50am
Remote
CS 421
Designing AI to Cultivate Human Well-Being
2020-2021 Winter
CSRE 230
Law, Order, & Algorithms (CS 209, MS&E 330, SOC 279)
Goel, S.
2020-2021 Spring
Tuesday
2:30pm - 5:20pm
Remote
DESINST 240
Designing Machine Learning: A Multidisciplinary Approach
Callaghan, E., Carney, M.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday
4:30pm - 7:20pm
DESINST 245
Redesigning Post-Disaster Finance
2020-2021 Spring
EARTH 2
Climate and Society
Diffenbaugh, N., Burke, M., Lobell, D., Nathan, N., Oberholzer, J.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday Friday
10:00am - 11:00am
Remote
EARTHSYS 101
Energy and the Environment (ENERGY 101)
Durlofsky, L., Azevedo, I.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday Friday
10:00am - 11:00am
Remote
EARTHSYS 102
Fundamentals of Renewable Power (ENERGY 102)
Gerritsen, M., Kovscek, A.
2020-2021 Spring
Monday Wednesday Friday
10:00am - 11:00am
Remote
EARTHSYS 111
Biology and Global Change (BIO 117, EARTHSYS 217, ESS 111)
Casciotti, K., Vitousek, P.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday Friday
10:00am - 11:00am
Remote
EARTHSYS 112
Human Society and Environmental Change (EARTHSYS 212, ESS 112, HISTORY 103D)
Naylor, R., Frank, Z.
2020-2021 Autumn
Monday Wednesday Friday
8:30am - 9:30am
Remote
EARTHSYS 114
Global Change and Emerging Infectious Disease (EARTHSYS 214, ESS 213, HUMBIO 114)
Openshaw, J., Jones, J., Thomas, A., Muraida, C.
2020-2021 Spring
Monday Wednesday Friday
11:30am - 1:20pm
EARTHSYS 160
Sustainable Cities (URBANST 164)
Chan, D.
2020-2021 Autumn
Monday Wednesday
11:30am - 12:50pm
Remote
EARTHSYS 177C
Specialized Writing and Reporting: Health and Science Journalism (COMM 177C, COMM 277C, EARTHSYS 277C)
Yasmin, S.
2020-2021 Winter
Monday Wednesday
11:30am - 12:50pm
Remote

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