Environmental Issues and their Social Context

Description

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.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 2 - 2015

WebLearn GradSchool

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

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

Essay: Essay/Written Assignment

Online Learning Activity: Blackboard Discussion Forum (Distance Education Students Only)

Contact Hours

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