SOC-3020 Environment and Society

3 credits

Prerequisite: None

The purpose of this course is to demonstrate and analyze, empirically and theoretically, the crisis of the environment (at the global, national and local levels). Specific topics include the "toxics crisis," Central America, work, environmental racism, global warming and others; but rather than focus on specific physical aspects of the environment, the course is designed to interpret societal structures and processes that lead to ecological crises. In this sense, students should not feel limited to that subject matter on the syllabus and are encouraged to incorporate their personal interest into the class.