Buy, Use, Toss?

Instructor: 
Courtney Baines
Day/Time Taught: 
174: MW 2:00-3:15 pm; 175: MW 3:30-4:45 pm
Term: 
Fall
Year: 
2011
Prefix: 
UCO
Course Number: 
1200
Section-1: 
174
Section-2: 
175

This course is an exploration of the system of producing and consuming goods that is called the materials economy. Students will learn about the five major steps of the materials economy: Extraction, Production, Distribution, Consumption, and Disposal. They will also be asked to analyze these steps, determining how consumption can benefit and/or hinder people, economies, and environments.  Because consumption is current, relevant, and real, it is an ideal context for teaching 21st-century skills such as critical thinking, understanding global interconnectedness and collaboration. Knowing the story behind the things we buy, use, and toss can help us to consume in ways that improve our lives and the lives of others. The intent of this course is not to discourage students from buying “stuff ” but rather to equip them with knowledge and skills to help them be informed and empowered consumers.

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey
mccaugheym@appstate.edu

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