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 sociological thinking can contribute to understandings of environmental events, issues and politics and what analyses of these, in turn, contribute to sociological thought.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- apply sociological theories and concepts to explain environmental issues;
- analyse the implications of environmental change for people, communities, flora and wildlife;
- evaluate policy, community and other responses to environmental change; and
- reflect on and discuss their learning in relation to the content of the course.
- Seminar participation, continuous (10) [LO 1,4]
- Research essay 2000 words (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Research project 2500 words (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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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.
Requisite and Incompatibility
There is no prescribed text for this course, rather core texts are used at different points of the course, as appropriate.
This course assumes a basic knowledge of social scientific thinking, ideas and approaches.
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