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SOCY 3349 Environmental Studies: Selected Topics (Spring: 3 )

Course Description

This course explores how ecology, technology, politics, economics, and culture intersect. By analyzing key contemporary environmental debates, students develop skills necessary for investigating any sophisticated social issue. Topics we cover: the environmental movement (is it effective?); the sustainable development debate (the tension between environmental protection and the plight of developing nations); capitalism and technology (friends or foes of the environment?); global warming (where science, economics, and politics collide). We employ a range of materials, including participant accounts, media coverage, movies, and sociological analyses. This course can build on but does not require prior coursework in environmental studies or environmental sociology.

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Brian Gareau

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17