Environmental Issues and their Social Context

Course code SOCA6590Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

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.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesStudents 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.
ContentThis 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.
TransitionNot applicable.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeUndergraduate degree with major in social science or other area related to the course material.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : Paper Based
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Field Study
Lecture
Self Directed Learning
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay/Written Assignment; 50%; 2500 words; due week 7.
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay/Written Assignment; 40%; 2000 words; due week 13.
Group/tutorial participation and contributionON 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 HoursTutorial: 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
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for SOCA6590