• 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
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

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 and what these, in turn, contribute to sociological knowledge and understanding.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, 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 policy, community and other responses to environmental change;
  4. carry out independent research on specific environmental issues, drawing on sociological perspectives and literature; and
  5. reflect on and discuss their learning in relation to the content of the course.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Research essay, 3000 words (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Research project, 3500 words (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Tutorial participation (10) [LO 5]

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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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed SOCY2022.

Prescribed Texts

There is no prescribed text for this course, rather core texts are used at different points of the course, as appropriate.

Assumed Knowledge

This course assumes a basic knowledge of sociological thinking, ideas and approaches.

Fees

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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
14
Unit value:
6 units

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
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