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SOCA6590

Environmental Issues and their Social Context

10 Units

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
Availability Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 2 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Objectives

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.

Content

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.
Transition Not applicable.
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Undergraduate degree with major in social science or other area related to the course material.
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : Paper Based
Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Email Discussion Group
Field Study
Lecture
Self Directed Learning
Tutorial
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Essay/Written Assignment; 50%; 2500 words; due week 7.
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Essay/Written Assignment; 40%; 2000 words; due week 13.
  • Group/tutorial participation and contribution - ON CAMPUS STUDENTS ONLY; 10%; assessed on the basis of completion of required reading and tutorial tasks.
  • Other: (please specify) - DISTANCE EDUCATION STUDENTS ONLY; 10%; assessed on the basis of regular participation on Blackboard Discussion Forum.
Contact Hours
  • Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Field Study: for 8 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
  • Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2014 Course Timetables for SOCA6590

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