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SOCI208 Environmental Sociology

An introduction to research in environmental sociology with an emphasis on the social processes, dynamics and institutions that are influential in contemporary environmental crises.

The paper considers how the environment is interpreted, used and experienced through social norms and organisation. We will focus particularly on how problems are created by society and experienced unequally for different social groups. The paper will begin by focusing on our social relationship with the environment through production and consumption, move to a discussion of inequality and environmental risk and conclude by covering social movements and environmental justice. We will analyse and discuss contemporary environmental issues, such as waste, nuclear fallout, earthquakes and climate change.

Paper title Environmental Sociology
Paper code SOCI208
Subject Sociology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
(SOCI 101 or SOCI 102 or SOCI 103) or 54 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
katharine.legun@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Katharine Legun
Professor Hugh Campbell
Paper Structure
Topics:
  • Environmental problems as sociological problems
  • Consumption and materialism
  • Health and embodiment
  • Environmental disasters
  • Environmental movements
  • Environmental justice and inequality
Textbooks
Bell, M. (2012) An Invitation to Environmental Sociology.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will develop
  • Knowledge of contemporary environmental problems and relevant social theories
  • The ability to analyse and discuss environmental problems effectively in writing, discussions and presentations

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 15:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Thursday 09:00-09:50 29-34, 36-41
T2 Thursday 10:00-10:50 29-34, 36-41

An introduction to research in environmental sociology with an emphasis on the social processes, dynamics and institutions that are influential in contemporary environmental crises.

What causes environmental problems? Why are some environmental problems?áharder to fix than others? Who should be benefitting from the environmen,t and who should be responsible for its well-being? In Environmental Sociology, we look at the social dimensions of our natural world and consider how our social life shapes our ecological life (and vice versa!). We will focus particularly on how environmental problems are created by social drivers and experienced unequally.

We cover a range of topics, including production and consumption and its environmental effects, inequality and environmental risk, and social movements for environmental justice. We will be constantly drawing from contemporary examples to discuss how sociological tools can help us understand our environmental crises and how we might strategise for a better environmental future.

Paper title Environmental Sociology
Paper code SOCI208
Subject Sociology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
(SOCI 101 or SOCI 102 or SOCI 103) or 54 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
katharine.legun@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Katharine Legun
Paper Structure
Topics:
  • Environmental problems as sociological problems
  • Consumption and materialism
  • Health and embodiment
  • Environmental disasters
  • Environmental movements
  • Environmental justice and inequality
Textbooks
Bell, M. (2012) An Invitation to Environmental Sociology.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will develop
  • Knowledge of contemporary environmental problems and relevant social theories
  • The ability to analyse and discuss environmental problems effectively in writing, discussions and presentations

^ Top of page

Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 15:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Thursday 09:00-09:50 29-34, 36-41
T2 Thursday 10:00-10:50 29-34, 36-41