• 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
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. apply sociological theories and concepts to explain environmental issues;
  2. analyse the implications of environmental change for people, communities, flora and wildlife;
  3. evaluate policy, community and other responses to environmental change; and
  4. reflect on and discuss their learning in relation to the content of the course.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Seminar participation, continuous (10) [LO 1,4]
  2. Research essay, 2000 words (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Research project, 2500 words (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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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

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of Sociology (SOCY) courses; or with permission from the convenor.

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.

Majors

Minors

Fees

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Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and 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). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
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Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9119 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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