• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Sociology
  • Areas of interest Sociology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Alastair Greig
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply sociological theories and concepts to explain environmental problems.
  2. Analyse the implications of environmental change for people and communities.
  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 related disciplines.

Indicative Assessment

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

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.




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3356 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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