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 - 2016 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  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.
Assumed Knowledge Undergraduate degree with major in social science or other area related to the course material.
Assessment Items
  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Group/Tutorial Participation & Contribution
  • Essay: Essay/Written Assignment 1
  • Essay: Essay/Written Assignment 2
  • Online Learning Activity: Blackboard Discussion Forum (Distance Education Students Only)

Contact Hours

Callaghan and WebLearn GradSchool

Field Study

Face to Face Off Campus 8 hour(s) per Term

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
On campus students: lecture, tutorial, field study. Distance Education students: Blackboard discussion group and self directed learning.

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Timetable 2016 Course Timetables for SOCA6590
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