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Fall 2013-2014
SOC 348 (SA)  

Environmental Sociology

William Kornblum

Environmental sociology has become a lively subfield of the discipline. This is especially true as environmental conditions related to global warming present challenges to individuals and groups working at every level of social organization. This seminar will consider the history of efforts to bring environmental concerns into social theory and research. Our readings and class discussions will focus primarily on some of the most influential ideas that advanced contemporary understandings of our relationships to natural ecosystems, and which have helped create the framework of environmental institutions and laws in the US since the 1830s.

Sample reading list:
Charles Darwin, Voyage of the Beagle (selections)
R.W. Emerson, Nature
H.D. Thoreau, Walden (the Beanfield chapter)
Rachael Carson, Silent Spring (selections)
John McPhee, Encounters with the Archdruid
Kai Erikson, Everything in Its Path
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students will write two papers of 4-5 pages. There will be one 8-10 page paper in lieu of a final based on research conducted for a group project which will be presented during one class session after the mid-term break. There will also be an in-class midterm based on the reading and class discussions.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 25%
Paper in lieu of Final - 20%
Papers - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 25%

Other Requirements:
Open to Juniors and Seniors Only.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
24040 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   Robertson Hall   015   Enrolled:10 Limit:17