[SOCI 271] Sociology of the Environment

This course will examine how social factors shape human interaction with, and understanding of, our natural environment. We will critically examine a variety of social institutions—political and economic systems, cultural traditions, governmental bodies and advocacy organizations, among others—that mediate and shape our relationship with the environment. Topics include the social construction of nature, discourse and agenda-setting within the media and the environmental movement, environmental justice issues and the possibility of sustainable societies.

Course Title

Sociology of the Environment

Course Code

SOCI 271




Prerequisite: Sociology 100 or 150, or consent of instructor. Sociology 200 is suggested as well.


Offered occasionally.


Also listed as Environmental Studies 271.

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