Topic: Environmental Sociology

TimeDaysLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS Class NumberSyllabus (Tentative)
Tarbutton Hall 218
Parris, Christie. 41096 TBA.

January 12, 2011- April 25, 2011

Catalog Description: A seminar or lecture series on topics of special sociological concern.

Semester Details:

The primary purpose of this course is to introduce sociology students to the growing intellectual and pragmatic interest in the relationship between people and the environment.  We will take a distinctly sociological approach to environmental issues, with the course divided into three main sections.  First, we will investigate the ways in which people and the environment interact with one another.  Next, we will examine the numerous ways in which those interactions are influenced by socio-cultural processes such as political power, social inequality, and media portrayals of environmental issues.  Finally, we will explore various responses to environmental issues, including individual behaviors, social movements, and the historic and current policies that legislate our interactions with the natural world.

Required Textbooks, Articles, and Resources

  1. King, Leslie, & McCarthy, Deborah. 2009. Environmental Sociology: From Analysis to Action. 2nd Edition.
    ISBN: 9780742559097.

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