Environmental Sociology

The relationship between humans and the non-human environment is complex and problematic. We are part of and dependent upon the natural environment, even while altering that environment for our own needs and purposes. As a way of broadly thinking about these interactions, we will address the social causes, consequences, and responses to environmental disruption. By the end of the course, you will be more adept at understanding how societal characteristics — including cultures, traditions, beliefs, values, institutions, and the like — combine with environmental conditions to shape the impact that people have on their environments.

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