Climate Change

Full Course Title: 
Climate Change: Are We Responsible?
Prefix: 
UCO
Course Number: 
1200
Section Number(s) and Day/Times Taught: 
Section 145: TR 9:30-10:45 am
Section Number(s) and Day/Times Taught: 
Section 149: TR 11:00 am–12:15 pm
Term: 
Fall 2018
Categories: 
Global Issues
Categories: 
Sustainability
Categories: 
STEM

Climate change is still a controversial topic, not only among scientists but also among the general public. The outcome of this debate is important to us as a global society because of the policy choices and ultimately the laws that will be passed. The policy choices made in different countries will be important to the local communities and to the global society because the effects of climate change are both local and global. We will be learning about the science behind climate change, and the uncertainties and challenges faced by the scientists and policy makers. We will also learn about how decisions and policies affect climate change issues and the different stakeholders affected by these issues.

Basic scientific concepts of climate change will be explained throughout the course and will be enhanced by discussing various academic articles and case studies.

The course will also concentrate on team and leadership building skills, effective communication, and critical thinking skills through these scholarly articles and case study discussions. This will help students recognize, among other things, human versus natural causes and impacts of global warming on the environment, diagnose a problem, and come up with solutions to that problem through analysis and reasoning.

Instructor: 

Anindita Das is a lecturer in First Year Seminar at Appalachian State University. She received her Ph.D. in Oceanography and her Masters in Environmental Studies from Louisiana State University. She has won several awards for her research at various international and national conferences as well as for being an outstanding graduate student among her peers at both the Masters and Ph.D. level.

She is someone who places tremendous importance on the health and sustainability of the environment, believing that it is both our social responsibility and in our interest to take care of the environment if we want the environment to take care of us. She also believes that human beings are not the sole owners of the earth and have to think of our fellow creatures when we make decisions affecting the environment. Her other interests are walking, hiking, cooking, reading, music, and animal rights.

She uses different types of teaching techniques (lecture, reading, individual assignments, and group assignments in the form of case studies and term papers) to give freshmen and sophomore students an idea of what they can expect in the other classes they plan to take throughout their time in college.

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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