University of Newcastle Australia program

Environment and Society

This program, SOCA2065, explores how humans, and the societal structures we create are related to, and shape, the environment.

This program is part of the Bachelor of Arts degree offered by The University of Newcastle Australia

Develop a sociological approach to environmental issues.

This course forms part of the BA degree and deals critically with environmental controversies within social science, within the environmental movement and within society at large. Key areas include environmental problems of present society, environmental injustices, the role of capital/ism, debates around green capitalism/economy, the capacity of green technologies and strategies for moving to an ecologically sustainable society; gender and the environment; indigenous populations and the environment; deep ecology; eco-socialist, eco-feminist, green new deal, and eco-anarchist approaches; politics of climate change, and the environment in developing countries.

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4 courses

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Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

  1. Recognise different relationships humans have with the environment.

  2. Describe current sociological theories as they apply to environmental problems.

  3. Identify the role of social structures in the distribution of impacts and responses to environmental issues.

  4. Differentiate possible future implications of societal approaches to the environment.

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