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This subject provides a comprehensive overview of the field of environmental sociology. In particular, it examines how societies build a sense of human/nature divide into their concepts of collective identity and how the struggle to responsibly utilize natural resources is a vexing social problem. It focuses on environmental social movements globally, analysing how this growing site of social conflict interacts with other inequalities. The subject also explores the social transformations being enacted globally to build sustainability, improve human/animal coexistence, address environmental racism, and to think about climate change risk beyond the nation-state.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Understand how climate change has impacted social relations and daily life.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the history of conceptions of nature in the social sciences and an ability to explain why this debate matters to governments and, industry.
- Be able to identify emerging environmental issues and their social impacts, including potential -potential sustainable solution, at the local and national levels.
- Compare environmental problems and sustainable solutions across regions and countries.
Students who successfully complete this subject should be able to:
- Enhance their ability to understand the relationship between society and climate change
- Develop critical thinking skills
- Improve their writing skills on complex interdisciplinary topics.
Last updated: 31 January 2024