- Instructor of Record
- Summer 2023
- University of California, Davis
What are the interconnections between social and ecological systems? What are the impacts of societal structures on the environment? How are humans collectively responding to these environmental impacts?
In this class, we will explore the questions above, diving into the relationship between society and the environment, more commonly known as the field of Environmental Sociology. We will explore the social structures involved in creating environmental problems as well as those aimed at addressing them. We will look at how we as humans are constantly interacting with the environment through food, transportation, energy use, production, money, and material culture. We will explore these issues from a political economic perspective incorporating understandings of social justice and inequality into our understanding of who is most impacted by environmental degradation.
This course is designed to be helpful to: (1) students in the social sciences who are interested in learning more of the relationship between society and the environment and (2) students from other disciplines (e.g., natural and physical sciences, agriculture, and business management) that are interested in learning how social systems impact and inform people’s conceptual, technological and material interactions with the environment. The course will explore these concepts through a combination of in-class activities, lectures, readings, and a research project that explores portrayals of environmental issues in the media.