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SOC 209 - Environmental Sociology

3 Credits

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.

Prerequisite: SOC 101

Learning Attributes: WR, GR

SUNY General Education: SUNY-SS - Social Sciences (SSCS)

MCC General Education: MCC-CT - Critical Thinking (MCT), MCC-SCI - Scientific Reasoning (MSCI), MCC-SSD - Social Science and Diversity (MSSD), MCC-GLO - Global Understanding (MGLO)

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.

Course Offered Fall

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Fall Semester 2022
Summer Session 2022