Environmental Sociology: Key Concepts and Methods
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This elective provides an introduction to social aspects of environmental research, including foundational knowledge of a) theoretical concepts and b) methodology employed by environmental sociologists and other environmental social scientists. Students will be introduced to the field of environmental sociology and will be exposed to a range of central theories and frameworks used across environmental social scientist disciplines to understand interactions between society and the environment and explain certain outcomes, such as environmental degradation. We will examine a range of research methods, including qualitative methods, quantitative methods, and mixed-mode designs. Our study of qualitative practices will include interviews, focus groups, and content analysis, and will cover both manual and software-assisted coding of these data. The quantitative methods covered will emphasize survey research (including design, sampling, administration, and statistical analysis), but will also include discussion of using secondary data. Throughout, students will be encouraged to consider the potential and limits of each method, including the utility of each approach in answering specific research questions and addressing shortcomings in existing theory and knowledge. The class will also consider ethical issues in social research, including research with sensitive populations and representation of participants, and will learn about the human subjects review process at Evergreen.
Credits per quarter
- Hybrid Online Learning - This offering delivers < 25% of its instruction online, rather than via face-to-face contact between you and your instructors.
Class Size: 18
Scheduled for: Evening
Final schedule and room assignments:
First meeting:Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 6:00 pm
Located in: Olympia