Human Impacts on the Environment

This course aims to teach the students about how decisions/policy affects the environment and the different stakeholders. The concept of a sustainable environment is both local and global in its applicability. Coming to an agreement on how much people want their environment to be sustainable is a difficult issue because of the differences in what people want from their environment. The issues that lead to such disagreements are at once global and local to that particular issue. This course aims to teach the students about how decisions and policies affect environmental issues and the different stakeholders involved with these issues.

Course Details
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Section Number(s) and Day/Times Taught: 
158: TR 2:00pm-3:15pm
164: TR 3:30pm-4:45pm
Fall 2024
Global Issues

Anindita Das

Anindita Das

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.