Environmental Issues and their Social Context
Examines current environmental problems and commonly proposed political reforms; industrial, domestic and rural environmental technologies, asking what impact the widespread introduction of these technologies might have on society; debates about indigenous environmental knowledge and the social roots of environmental problems in developing countries; proposals for radical structural reform of society to deal with environmental problems; discusses tendencies within the environmental movement such as eco-feminism; deep ecology; social ecology; anarchist and socialist perspectives and environmentalism as a social movement. Field trips will be used to develop understanding of the social context of environmental issues.
|Faculty||Faculty of Education and Arts|
|School||School of Humanities and Social Science|
Semester 2 - 2014
Semester 2 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
Students will: 1.Develop an understanding of a sociological approach to environmental issues. 2.Learn to deal critically with environmental controversies within social science, within the environment movement and within society at large. 3.Gain improved sociological analytical skills through this focused study of environmental issues. 4. Develop improved general scholarly skills in writing an academic essay, in reading critically and in doing research.
This course examines: 1. current environmental problems and commonly proposed solutions in political reform; 2. the impact of industrial, domestic and rural environmental technologies upon society; 3. debates about indigenous environmental knowledge; 4. the social roots of environmental problems in developing countries; 5. proposals for radical social change to deal with environmental problems, such as eco-feminism, deep ecology, social ecology, anarchist and socialist perspectives and environmentalism as a social movement.
|Replacing Course(s)||Not applicable.|
|Assumed Knowledge||Undergraduate degree with major in social science or other area related to the course material.|
|Modes of Delivery||Distance Learning : Paper Based
Email Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
|Compulsory Components||None listed|
|Course Materials||None listed|
|Timetable||2014 Course Timetables for SOCA6590|