New interdisciplinary course, SOSGEO2301 - Environment and society

Continuing the successful collaboration between sociology and human geography ISS offers the course SOSGEO2301 - Environment and society in the Spring of 2015 for the first time.

Easter Island, the quarry of the Moais with many uncompleted statues. Photo: Nightscream CC BY-SA 3.0

The new course at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography focuses on contemporary environmental issues and the challenges of both understanding and responding to them in an equitable and sustainable manner. Geographical and sociological insights into discourses and framings of environmental problems will be presented, including how beliefs, values and worldviews influence perceptions of problems as well as proposed solutions, and the implications for human security.

The lectures introduce economic, political, cultural and ethical perspectives on environmental problems, focusing on issues such as climate change, urban environmental problems, land use change, biodiversity, access to water and food, and vulnerability and adaptation to environmental change and disaster risk. The course includes discussions of the different types of social transitions and transformations that are considered necessary for creating a resilient and sustainable future.

Understandings of human-environment relationships, social change, conceptions of power, and the role of individual and collective action in systems-scale change will be considered. Students are expected to participate actively in the seminars.

Published Dec. 1, 2014 12:59 PM - Last modified Dec. 1, 2014 12:59 PM