Environment and Society


Develops a sociological approach to environmental issues. Deals critically with environmental controversies within social science, within the environmental movement and within society at large. Key areas are environmental problems of present society, ecologically sustainable technologies and strategies for moving to a sustainable society; gender and the environment; indigenous peoples, Aborigines and the environment; deep ecology; socialist and anarchist approaches; and the environment in developing countries. The course covers aspects of the Key Learning Area (KLA) of Human Society and Its Environment for primary and high school teachers.



  • Semester 2 - 2016


  • Semester 2 - 2016

On-Line from Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. An understanding of a sociological approach to environmental issues and controversies.

2. Ability to analyse and deal critically with environmental perspectives as instances of social theory.

3. Ability to consider a range of sociological interpretations of environmental problems.

4. Skills in writing an academic essay, in reading critically and in doing research.


  1. Environmental problems today and the response of major social institutions. How do people, governments and environmentalists respond to environmental problems?
  2. Environmental technologies and the social context of implementation - includes two field trips. Are alternative technologies viable in today's economy?
  3. Aborigines, indigenous peoples and environmental issues. Were indigenous technologies of the past environmentally sustainable?
  4. The social movements associated with environmentalism - eco-feminism; deep ecology; social ecology; socialist environmentalism. What reforms and utopias do these movements propose?
  5. The developing world and environmental issues. How does the world economic structure contribute to environmental problems in developing countries?

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): SOCA3060. Students who have successfully completed SOCA3060 are not eligible to enrol in SOCA2065.


This course replaces SOCA3060. If you have successfully completed SOCA3060 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed Knowledge

40 units of study at 1000 level.

Assessment Items

Essay: Essay 1

Essay: Essay 2

Presentation: Presentations - Tutorial

Quiz: Online Quiz

Contact Hours

Callaghan, Ourimbah and On-Line from Callaghan

Field Study

Face to Face Off Campus 6 hour(s) per Term

On campus students : lecture, tutorial, field study Distance education students : Blackboard discussion group and self-directed learning


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks