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Sociology of the Environment
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Environmental Sociology
Environmental Justice
Political Economy of the Environment
Ecological Modernization
Green Consciousness
The Treadmill Of Production

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Marcus, Benny. 2013. “Sociology of the Environment”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, June. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.


This course will introduce you to the sociology of the environment, the study of the interrelationships of human social systems and ecosystems, with a primary focus on their social aspects. These interrelationships occur on various scales, from the local to the global, and are profound and complex. Humans are part of the natural environment but have long...

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Subject Area(s):
Environmental Sociology
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College 100
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Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. To understand the conceptual, empirical, and theoretical bases of environmental sociologyTo explore and analyze in greater depth selected central perspectives of environmental sociology
  2. To develop your skills of analysis and communication through reading, writing, listening, and speaking To become more aware of and to reflect upon your personal involvement in the issues of environmental sociology
  3. To analyze social opportunities and barriers to an environmentally just and sustainable societyTo synthesize and articulate the course material in a term paper on your understanding of an environmentally just and sustainable society and to achieve it

Goal Assessment(s):

  1. Attendance: 16.67 percent; Quizzes: 16.67 percent; Exam 1: 16.67 percent; Exam 2: 16.67 percent; Exam 3: 16.67 percent; Term Paper: 16.67 percent; Subjective measure of participation

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