SOC302 Environment and Society (8)

The subject examines the environment and environmental issues from a sociological perspective. It considers the social origins of the current environmental crisis, the social basis of environmental concern, and social aspects to the solutions of environmental problems. Issues relating to an understanding of the environmental movement will be addressed as well as sociological factors involved in Landcare. One area of emphasis will be environmental issues within agriculture. Other topics to be addressed include environmental and social impact assessment, ecotourism, urban environmental issues and global warming.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to critically reflect on technical concepts involved in environmental management;
  • Have developed an understanding of the social basis of environmental problems;
  • Be able to critically evaluate environmental extension programs, especially relating to land management within agriculture;
  • Have developed an understanding of the social and political difficulties inherent in environmental management.


This subject will cover the following topics:

The social and political basis of environmental problems Ecologically sustainable development and the limits to growth debate Pollution and urban environmental problems Social factors in impact assessment Global environmental problems and global warming Ecotourism and the sociology of tourism and recreation The sociological critique of traditional agricultural extension Farmer environmental decision making Farming styles, farming subculture and environmental management Sociological factors of Landcare

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.