Undergraduate Course: Sociology of the Environment and Risk (SCIL10024)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course presents a sociological perspective on environmental knowledge, issues, campaigns and risks. We explore what 'the environment' is, how environmental quality is measured and understood, and how we perceive of environmental risks and problems.
We examine a number of case studies and examples - including energy, food, climate change and others - with key themes and questions running throughout: how are issues framed? Who is responsible for mitigating a risk, cleaning up after a disaster or saving the planet, and how is blame apportioned? What is the epistemological basis for knowledge claims about the environment; or, how do we know what we know about environmental problems and risks?
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 Sociology or closely related courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Evaluate social constructionist theories about the environment, social problems, and risks
- Discuss of the role of the media in the construction of environmental issues and risks
- Consider how blame and responsibility for risks and problems are apportioned
- Analyse of the role played by science in environmental debates
- Evaluate sociological theories of environmental transitions and futures
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Claire Haggett
Tel: (0131 6)50 3916
|Course secretary||Miss Laura Thiessen
Tel: (0131 6)50 3932