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The capacity limit for the course is 80 student(s).
Current registration and enrollment status: enrolled: 21/80, only registered: 0/80, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/80
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This course introduces many of the major schools of thought and topics of research in the field of environmental sociology, and presents a historical overview of the development of environmental sociological theory and research over time.
At the end of the course, students should be able to:
- Recall and relate fundamental theories related to social-environmental interactions
- Identify and explain major contemporary and historical environmental issues
- Analyze the significance of environmental issues in their daily lives
- Critically examine contemporary debates about environmental policy
The course is organized as a series of weekly topics which include lectures, required reading, and some required videos and other multimedia.
The weekly topics include:
1. Introduction to environmental sociology
2. Consumption, materialism, and modern society
3. The treadmill of production
5. Health, environmental justice, and risk
6. Ideologies of environmental domination
7. Ideologies of environmental concern
8. The sociology of food
9. The social construction of nature
10. Sociological perspectives on global climate change
11. Energy and society
12. Environmental problems and solutions
Bell, M.M. 2012. An introduction to Environmental Sociology (4th edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.
Brower, M. and Leon, W. “How Many Simple Things Do People Need to Do to Save the Planet?” Chapter 1 in The Consumer's Guide to Effective Environmental Choices Practical Advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists. Three Rivers Press.
Bullard, R. Can Americans trust the government to protect them? Lessons from the World Trade Center ground zero and the aftermath of Katrina. CommonDreams.org, September 11, 2006.
Burkett, Paul. 1996. “On some common misconceptions about nature and Marx’s critique of political economy.” Capitalism-Nature-Socialism. Volume 7, pp. 57-80.
Buttel, F.H. 2004. “The Treadmill of Production: An Appreciation, Assessment, and Agenda for Research,” Organization & Environment 17(3):323-336.
Cohen, M. Some inconvenient truths about the politics of environmental crisis. Counterpunch.org, February 2, 2007.
Dickens, Peter. 1997. “Beyond sociology: Marxism and the environment.” Pages 179-194 in M. Redclift and G. Woodgate (editors). International Handbook of Environmental Sociology. London: Edward Elgar.
Dunlap, R. Michelson, W. and Stalker, G. 2002. “Environmental Sociology: An Introduction,” pp. 1-32 in Dunlap, R. and Michelson, W., eds., Handbook of Environmental Sociology, Westport: Greenwood.
ExxonMobil. 2007. “Peak Oil? Contrary to the theory, oil production shows no sign of a peak.”
Giddens, A. 2006. “The Environment and Risk,” pp. 936-969 in Sociology. 5th ed. Cambridge: Polity Press.
Harper, Charles L. 2012. Environment and Society: Human Perspectives on Environmental Issues. 5th ed. New York: Prentice Hall.
Jackson, D. Z. 2006. Insurance industry feels the heat of global warming. The Boston Globe newspaper, March 15.
Kelly, M. 2006. The hidden opportunity in global warming, Alternet.org. December 21.
Kennedy, R.F., Jr. 2003. “Crimes Against Nature,” Rolling Stone Magazine, December 11.
Kunstler, J.H. 2005. “The long emergency,” Rolling Stone magazine, March 24.
Luttwak, E. N. 2005. The truth about global oil supply. The First Post, August 11.
McCarthy, D. and L. King. 2005. pp.xi-xxx in Environmental sociology: From analysis to action. New York: Rowman & Littlefield.
Monbiot, G. 2006. Save the planet in 10 steps. The Guardian newspaper (UK), October 30.
Morris, D. 2006. What Al Gore hasn’t told you about global warming. Alternet.org, January 9.
Murphy, Raymond. 1994. “Environmental accountability under state socialism” in Rationality and Nature. Westview Press, pp. 149-157.
O'Connor, J. (1988) Capitalism, nature, socialism: A theoretical introduction. Capitalism, Nature, Socialism 1:11-38.
Prugh, Thomas and Erik Assadourian. 2003. “What is sustainability, anyway?” World Watch Magazine, pp. 10-21.
Selva, M. 2006.Toxic shock: How Western rubbish is destroying Africa. The Independent newspaper (UK), September 21.
Simon, J. and Buckley, W.F. 1982. “Answer to Malthus? Julian Simon Interviewed by William Buckley.” Population and Development Review 8(1):205-218.
Šimůnek, P. and Růžička, 2007. M. Klaus: Radar yes, when ... Hospodářské noviny. February 14.
Slade, G. 2006. Electronic waste a ticking time bomb. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper, April 13.
Slater, D. 1998. “Themes from the sociology of consumption,” Paper presented at the Consumption, Environment, and the Social Sciences Seminar, 6-7 July.
Worldwatch special section on peak oil. Pages 9-24 in WorldWatch Magazine, January/February 2006.
BELL, Michael. An invitation to environmental sociology. Edited by Michael S. Carolan. 4th ed. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Pine Forge Press, 2012. xiii, 384. ISBN 9781412990530. info
Environmental sociology :from analysis to action. Edited by Leslie King - Deborah McCarthy. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2005. xxx, 487 s. ISBN 0-7425-3508-8. info
BROWER, Michael and Warren LEON. The consumer's guide to effective environmental choices :practical advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists. 1st ed. New York: Three Rivers Press, 1999. xii, 292 s. ISBN 0-609-80281-X. info
The course is taught as a normal classroom lecture course. The pedagogical approach includes the use of weekly lectures, required reading and other resources, and films and other multi-media presentations.
Each week, participation in this course typically involves attending the lecture and reading or watching the required study materials which include literature and videos.
Students will receive a final letter grade (A-F) for the semester based on the following components:
40% – Mid-term exam
60% – Final exam
Using the MU Information System
Class resources are available to students through Masaryk University’s online Information System (IS). Under the course title “SOC165: Introduction to Environmental Sociology” you will find an interactive syllabus which contains important general information about the course and the weekly schedule with links to required course materials.
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