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SOCL521: Environment and Culture

Department: Sociology NCF Level: FHEQ/QCF/NQF7//RQF7
Study Level: Postgraduate (Masters level) Credit Points: 20
Start Date: 08-10-2018 End Date: 14-12-2018
Available for Online Enrolment?: Y Enrolment Restriction: Fully available to all students
Module Convenor: Professor CFJ Waterton

Syllabus Rules and Pre-requisites

Curriculum Design: Outline Syllabus

  • Outline syllabus

    1    Environmental Sociology: The Beginnings

    2    The Social construction of the environment

    3    Modernity and the environment

    4    Risk society

    5    Marxism and the environment

    6    Social movements and the environment

    7    Case study: Nuclear Power

    8    Case study: Agricultural Biotechnology

    9    Case study: Nature conservation and indigenous knowledge

    10   Case study: Climate change


  • 100% Coursework

Educational Aims: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • This module introduces the approach to environmental issues through their social and cultural construction.  Starting from a historical perspective, it explores how the treatment of these issues has been shaped by socio-cultural factors in domains including the role of science, regulatory policy, sustainable development, values and rights discourses and education.  The complexities which arise for environmental judgement and decision-making from this process are illustrated through topical case-study examples presented in lectures and explored in seminar discussions.


    The module introduces in practical contexts a number of theoretical and analytical approaches which will be considered more closely in the module Theorising Environment and Culture.


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