Environmental sociology examines the relationships between people and their natural and built environments. It focuses on questions such as: how environmental problems are known, defined and acted upon; why some potentially important issues are largely ignored; the role of institutions and economic networks in shaping relationships with the non-human environment; how different social groups are affected by environmental problems and controversies; and the role of social movements in promoting positive environmental change. While the course covers many topical issues, there is a major focus on developing the conceptual skills to apply a sociological imagination to a much wider variety of environmental issues.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Apply sociological theories and concepts to explain environmental problems.
- Analyse the implications of environmental change for people and communities.
- Evaluate different policy and other responses to environmental change.
- Communicate their findings in written and oral form with reference to broader debates within sociology and related disciplines.
Research essay 2000 words (40%) [Learning outcomes 1, 2 & 4]
Synthesis essay 2000 words (40%) [Learning outcomes 3 & 4]
Tutorial presentation (10%) [Learning outcomes 1 & 4]
Tutorial participation (10%) [Learning outcomes 1-4]
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3 contact hours per week (2 hours of lectures and 1 hour of tutorials), plus up to 7 hours per week of self-directed study. Lectures will be taped.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Michael Mayerfeld Bell. An Invitation to Environmental Sociology, Edition 4 Pine Forge Press, 2012.
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