Climate and History

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Climate, History, and Climate Change
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203 MW 3:30 - 4:45pm
Fall 2017
Global Issues

This course is a multidisciplinary examination of the large environmental forces which will shape the 21st century and the next. The chief of these forces is planetary climate change, which is a civilization-altering reality already gathering force.  One goal of our course is to understand the causes of climate change (and other environmental problems) by viewing them in in ecological, historical, and social perspective.  A second objective is to comprehend the probable impacts on you, and your children and grandchildren. Since hope is indeed an imperative in the face of large challenges, the third aim of the course is to develop in you a realistic understanding of what individuals and communities can do to enhance the possibility of stable, rewarding futures for themselves and their families.  In the process, you will learn that the prevailing political jargon and ideological terminology is not only poorly-defined, but is ill-suited to coping with 21st century realities.  We begin with the problem, take stock of its probably effects, and end with hope, i.e., how we can adapt to unavoidable change and perhaps even live more rewarding lives in the process.  The course includes some brief lectures, films for review, readings for review and discussion, a research project, and some music.


Professor Michael Wade is a historian with graduate credits and several decades of reading in the fields of ecology, alternative energy technologies, sustainable agriculture, and environmental education.  He teaches courses in Recent US History; the Civil Rights Movement; Race, Rock & Rebellion; and American Cultural History. He has also taught ENV/SD 3530 Climate Change for the Sustainable Development and Environmental Sciences departments.  He is the author of Sugar Dynasty, A Frontier Boyhood, and Education in Louisiana in addition to a score of articles and book chapters.  His current writing projects are a history of college desegregation in Louisiana and a manuscript with the working title Twenty-First Century Limited. He is a past chair of the History Department and past president and Fellow of the Louisiana Historical Association. His special teaching interest at present is undergraduates, especially entering freshmen.

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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:
Rick Klima

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