• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Sociology
  • Areas of interest Environmental Studies, Policy Studies, Sociology, Climate, Environmental Science
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Mr Joseph McCarthy
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
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Environmental sociology examines the complex relationships between people, nature, and the natural environment. It focuses on questions such as: how environmental issues are known, defined and acted upon; why certain environmental issues are largely ignored or denied; the role of institutions and economic systems in shaping relationships with the non-human environment; how different social groups are affected by environmental change and problems; human-animal relations; human conceptions and cultural representations of the natural world; and the role of social movements in promoting environmental reform. While the course covers many topical issues, there is a major focus on what sociology can contribute to understandings of environmental issues and politics.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Apply sociological theories and concepts to explain environmental problems.
2. Analyse the implications of environmental change for people, communities, flora and wildlife.
3. Evaluate different policy and other responses to environmental change.
4. Communicate their findings in written and oral form with reference to broader debates within sociology and cognate disciplines.

Indicative Assessment

PreĀ“cis and Analysis Exercise, 500 words (15%) [LO 1, 3 & 4]
Research Essay, 1500 words (30%) [LO 1, 2 & 4]
Synthesis Examination, 2000-word take-home examination in final examination period (35%) [LO 1-4]
Seminar Participation (10%) [LO 1-4]
Group Presentation, 20 minutes (10%)
 

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 35 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of workshops, and 11 hours of student-led seminars; and,
b) 95 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level ANU courses; or permission of the convenor

Prescribed Texts

Michael Mayerfeld Bell. An Invitation to Environmental Sociology, Edition 4 Pine Forge Press, 2012.

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
4801 19 Feb 2018 26 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person

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