Course code Soci6015

Credit points 2

Environmental Sociology

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures12

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes12

Independent study hours56

Date of course confirmation30.09.2020

Responsible UnitInstitute of Social Sciences and Humanities

Course developer

author Sociālo un humanitāro zinātņu institūts

Ženija Krūzmētra

Dr. geogr.

Prior knowledge

PolZ5010, Public and Nongovernmental Sector

Soci5044, Rural Studies

Soci6013, Organization Studies

Course abstract

The aim of the study course is to gain knowledge about the interaction of the environment and society on a local, regional and global scale, as well as to develop an understanding of environmental discourses and to interpret them sociologically.
Contemporary natural environment would be subject to different influences of human activities, causing a wide variety of resonance in the society. Environmental Sociology explores the human dimension of environmental problems, the social impact of these problems and efforts to solve them.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

In-depth knowledge and understanding of the interaction between society and the environment, about the impact of human activities on the environment, understanding of environmental sociology concepts, theories and methods for the analysis of various processes (practical work).
Skills - is able to argue about various forms of interaction between society and the environment, the development of environmental policy and current problems, is able to identify them and offer possible solutions and to use the acquired theoretical knowledge in the analysis of environmental policy (practical work).
Competence to independently evaluate and analyze the interaction between society and the environment, is able to interpret it sociologically and offer solutions to reduce various environmental risks (practical work, presentation).

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Sociological research of human interaction with the environment (1h).
2. Environment and inequality (1h).
3. Environmental social movements (2h).
4. Environmental policy and governance (1h).
5. Environment and economy (2h)
6. Environmental health (1h).
7. Green lifestyle, its essence, variants (2h).
8. Public opinion research on the environment (2h).
List of seminar topics and practical work (12 h):
1. Theoretical approaches of environmental sociology: literature studies, discussion (2h).
2. Environmental movements and environmental organizations (2h).
3. Consumer society and environment (2h).
4. Research into environmental views of different societies, social groups etc. (2h).
5. Review, analysis, discussion of the latest international research (2h).
6. Research and problems in Latvia (2h).

Requirements for awarding credit points

Formal test with grade

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

The study course evaluates the acquisition of literature, participation in seminars and discussions, development of independent work, their results and presentations. The proportion of evaluations of independent work is 30%, 30% and 40%.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Graded test. Cumulative assessment of study results (100%). A score of 10 is equal to one point on a 10-point marking scale.

Compulsory reading

1. Curry P. Ecological Ethics: an Introduction. 2nd Edition. Cambridge; Malden: Polity, 2011. Nav LLU FB. Ir LUB
2. Gunters P. Zilā ekonomika. Rīga: Zvaigzne ABC, 2018. 319. lpp.
3. Beck U. Risk Society. Towards a New Modernity. London: Sage, 1992. Pieejams: http://www.riversimulator.org/Resources/Anthropology/RiskSociety/RiskSocietyTowardsAnewModernity1992Beck.pdf
4. Consuming Space. Placing Consumption in Perspective. M. Goodman, D.Goodman, M. Redclift (Eds.). Surrey: Ashgate, 2010.
5. Sutton P.W. The Environment: a Sociological Introduction. Cambridge: Polity, 2007. 187 p.
6. Naess A. Ecology, community and lifestyle. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.
6. Vide un ekonomika. Dz. Atstāja, Dž. Dimante u.c. Rīga: Latvijas Universitāte, 2011. 255 lpp.
7. Sistemātiskas domāšanas integrēšana vides politikā. A. Blumbergas (red.). Rīga: Rīgas Tehniskās universitātes Vides aizsardzības un siltuma sistēmu institūts, 2011. 225 lpp.

8. Winter G. Multilevel Governance of Global Environmental Change: Perspectives From Science, Sociology and the Law. Cambridge University Press, 2006. 630 p. Pieejams: https://search-ebscohost- com.ezproxy.llu.lv/login.aspx?direct=true&db=e000xww&AN=529377&site=ehost-live&scope=site

Further reading

1. Curry P. Ecological Ethics: an Introduction. 2nd Edition. Cambridge; Malden: Polity, 2011. Nav LLU FB. Ir LUB
2. Gunters P. Zilā ekonomika. Rīga: Zvaigzne ABC, 2018. 319. lpp.
3. Beck U. Risk Society. Towards a New Modernity. London: Sage, 1992.
4. Consuming Space. Placing Consumption in Perspective. M. Goodman, D.Goodman, M. Redclift (Eds.). Surrey: Ashgate, 2010.
5. Sutton P.W. The Environment: a Sociological Introduction. Cambridge: Polity, 2007. 187 p.
6. Naess A. Ecology, community and lifestyle. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.
6. Vide un ekonomika. Dz. Atstāja, Dž. Dimante u.c. Rīga: Latvijas Universitāte, 2011. 255 lpp.

7. Sistemātiskas domāšanas integrēšana vides politikā. A. Blumbergas (red.). Rīga: Rīgas Tehniskās universitātes Vides aizsardzības un siltuma sistēmu institūts, 2011. 225 lpp.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Environmental Sociology. Pieejams: http://www.tandfonline.com/pricing/journal/rens20
2. Ecology and Society. Pieejams: http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/
3. Environmental communication. Pieejams: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/renc20/current

4. Vides Vēstis. Pieejams: http://www.videsvestis.lv/

Notes

Compulsory study course in the academic master study program "Sociology of Organizations and Public Administration".