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COURSE NUMBER: SOCI 319
COURSE TITLE: Sociology and the Environment
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Randy Haluza-Delay
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Understanding society requires understanding both the collective impact of humans on the environment and the natural world on humanity. This course will address the role of social structures as cause, impediment and solution to environmental problems. Topics are focused on Canadian cases and include the social construction of nature, sustainable societies, environmental justice, and environmental movements. 

Prerequisites: Three credits in sociology at the introductory level
REQUIRED TEXTS:
  • Bell, Michael M. 2011. An Invitation to Environmental Sociology (4TH ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge.
  • NOVEL: Callenbach, Ernest, 1973. Ecotopia. Berkeley, CA: Banyan Tree Books. (Several editions since.)
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Major Project 40%
Ecotopia Preparation & Participation 15%
Exam 1 20%
Exam 2 20%
2 small writing reflections5%
100%
COURSE OBJECTIVES:In SOCI 319 you will:
  • Analyze your life as a person in a socio-ecological environment. Come to an understanding of the connections between the practices of your everyday life, your thoughts and beliefs, and our collective social milieu.
  • Develop a theoretical language that can help in analysis of environmental issues and in describing a way forward toward addressing environmental issues.
  • Consider barriers and motivations for reordering unjust social and environmental relations on the way to taking action to steward creation.
COURSE OUTLINE:
  • Intro to the course, getting started, who are you? what do you think?
  • Thinking through the problems: Key Issues
  • Current global conditions: Millennium Assessment. environmentalism ‐ social movement, organizations
  • Intro to Environmental Sociology-Organizing the Ecological Society; 
  • Individuals as Cause & Solution?
  • L2-Ecological Footprint
  • L3-values-attitudes
  • Consumption
  • L4 & L5 – Consumption.
  • field Trip - Earth's general Store
  • Is Christianity the cause of environmental degradation? (L6)
  • Ecotopian Imaginings
  • Population
  • Treadmills of Production
  • Environmental Justice(L7 L8)
  • The Social Construction of Nature and environmental Problems (L9). 
  • L-“Nothing here to care about.”
  • Social Dimensions of Environment (localization, Transition Towns, bioregionalism?)
  • Haluza-DeLay: Ecological Peacemaking; Agape as a compassionate sense of Place


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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