Human Impacts on the Environment

Anindita Das
Day/Time Taught: 
TR 2:00 – 3:15 pm; 3:30 – 4:45 pm
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This course aims to teach the students about how decisions/policy affects the environment and the different stakeholders.  Environmental science is an amalgam of difference disciplines of science (like biology, chemistry, physics, and geology) and sociological and political sciences offer various viewpoints that affect modern environmental issues.  This course will take an interdisciplinary approach to the scientific concepts that govern the way the environment works and also give an insight into the various ways that humans impact the environment.  The course will also concentrate on team and leadership building skills, effective communication, and critical thinking skills through case study discussions.  This will help students recognize human impacts on the environment (versus natural impacts), diagnose the problem, and come up with solutions to that problems through analysis and role play.

Instructor Bio: 

Anindita Das is and Adjunct Instructor 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:
Rick Klima

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