- Code SOCY2022
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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 UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Offered in See Future Offerings
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to: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 AssessmentTutorial participation, 10% LO 4
Research essay, (2500 words) 45% LO 1,2,4
Take home exam, (2500 words) 45% LO 3,4
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Workload130 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.
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