Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Environmental Sociology

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION Theorising the social and the natural: Social constructivism ;Critical Realism; The New Materialism Social Context and the Environment: Capitalism; Risk Society; The Environmental Self Environmental ideologies and policies Environmental movements.

Study-Unit Aims:

Conceptualization of the nature-social interaction. Analyses of environmental issues and environmentalism from a sociological perspective.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
a. analyse the importance of sociological constructs in environmental analysis;
b. trace the development of environmental ideologies and discourses and their influence on policy-making;
c. analyse the interaction between nature and society.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
a. sociologically reflect and critically engage with environmental issues;
b. recognize the plurality of environmental ideologies and discourses;
c. apply the course material to analyse specific environmental issues;
d. write a scholarly paper.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- Sutton, Philip W. (2007): The Environment - A Sociological Introduction. Polity.
- Sutton, P.W. (2004): Nature, Environment and Society (Palgrave Macmillan with the British Sociological Association).

Other readings to be recommended during the course.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Michael Briguglio

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