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SOCL521: Environment and Culture: Issues, Politics and Institutions
Module convenors: Claire Waterton
The growing interest in the environment in the social sciences sociological thought is not just because of the urgency and significance of the environmental problems faced by modern society. The relationship between culture and nature also remains an enduring puzzle that can trouble the way we think about a range of issues including knowledge, freedom, security, justice and gender.
One 5,000 word essay.
SOCL521 Environment and Culture triggers us to ask questions we tend not to think about, such as what makes a given topic an environmental issue or whose knowledge counts when making decisions. I took the course as a guest student and loved the approach. Discussing various perspectives and attempting to understand different sides of the ‘environmental’ story, analysing our risk perceptions, debating potential alternative solutions, and learning about a number of scholars whom I was not familiar with, made this course one of the most inspiring courses I have experienced at the university. SOCL521 Environment and Culture is the type of a course I wish was mandatory in all higher education, but it is particularly valuable for anyone engaged in topics related to environmental issues, not just for students in sociology but from public health and policy development to engineering and business." - Paivi Abernethy, MSc MRes PhD student
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