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SOC422 Environment and Society (8)


Environment and Society focuses on the natural environment and how humans relate to it. The processes which influence people's perceptions of and attitudes to the environment will be examined alongside the social origins of the current environmental crisis and aspects of possible solutions to environmental problems. Issues including global warming, sustainability, water, land degradation, resource management and transportation will be discussed in a context of globalisation and local action.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Not available to students who have completed SOC302 Environment and Society
Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
SOC302 SOC302 Similar material to SOC302 Environment and Society with different assessment

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
Be able to critically reflect (from a sociological perspective) on some of the technical concepts involved in environmental management
Be familiar with macro-sociological perspectives on the natural environment and its relationship with globalisation
Understand the social basis of environmental problems at macro and micro levels
Understand the social and political difficulties inherent in environmental management
Have a critical awareness of a range of environmental issues and their relationship to social practices
Be able to analyse environmental issues and problems in the light of sociological analysis
Have experience in the sociological analysis of environmental issues


The subject will cover the following topics:
Background to contemporary environmental issues Macro and micro: sociological perspectives on the natural environment Sustainability Unintended consequences, risk and uncertainty Climate change, biodiversity and related issues Natural resource management issues The social basis of environmental management Urban environments and transportation Global and local policy responses to environmental issues


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.