SOC 209 - Environmental Sociology - WR
An introduction to the key theoretical approaches and research within the emerging field of environmental sociology, and an examination of the ongoing research on how environmental problems have roots in social processes, such as culture, community, social inequality, social organization and social structure. Students will examine how human values about the environment and the relationships between humans and our physical environment are socially constructed. Students will develop a working knowledge of sociological research methods and theoretical perspectives in their analyses of the relationship between human societies and the physical environment. Course offered Fall, Spring and Summer. Three class hours.
Prerequisite: SOC 101
Course Learning Outcomes
1.Examine the development of environmental sociology as a discipline.
2.Define major concepts within environmental sociology.
3.Identify theoretical perspectives used in environmental sociology.
4.Analyze the social origins of current environmental problems.
5.Analyze the impact of environmental problems on human populations globally.
6.Apply sociological research methods to conduct new research in the discipline of environmental sociology.
7.Evaluate current environmental debates.
8.Evaluate the development of global environmental policies.
9.Utilize writing to communicate an understanding, application, analysis or evaluation of material covered in this course.
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Fall Semester 2018