Environmental Sociology: Nature, Society, and Equity (at Grays Harbor)

Fall 2017
Grays Harbor
Grays Harbor
Credits per quarter

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Taught by

Wenhong Wang
sociology and social statistics

What is nature? What is the relation between nature and human society? What is the role of social structure in shaping our environment? What are the underlying causes of environmental issues? Why are certain class, racial and ethnic groups more likely to bear the brunt of environmental consequences? What is environmental movement and how effective is it, and what are its limitations in addressing the environmental issues? How can we act as a community to create a more sustainable environment and more equitable future?   

This course is going to explore environment issues in the U.S. in the larger social context of increasing social inequality, consumerism, technological innovation and new economic reality.

Using environment as our subject of inquiry, we will study sociological theories and key concepts and critically examine their applicability in environment, particularly environmentally related public health issues. We will examine the social construction of environment, environmental justice and community action. Course activities will include lectures, seminar, and workshop, individual and group projects. Students will write seminar essays, self-reflection papers, and carry out a mini research project oriented toward action.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in: social work, environmental studies

Online learning:
  • Hybrid Online Learning - This offering delivers < 25% of its instruction online, rather than via face-to-face contact between you and your instructors.

Scheduled for: Evening

Located in: Grays Harbor

Advertised schedule:

Thursdays 6-10p at Grays Harbor College

2017-05-30New offering added (at Grays Harbor)