Sociology of the Environment (SCLG2631)


This unit introduces students to ways in which sociology can engage in the study of the 'natural environment' and critically illuminate contemporary environmental controversies, disputes and proposals. The 'natural environment' is explored through such topics as risk, modernity, consumption, identity, expertise, ethics, technology, democracy and citizenship. These topics are linked to empirical case studies that cover, for instance, tourism, animal culling, environmental activism, climate change modelling, and shifting bodily capacities.

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1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


500wd equivalent Tutorial presentation (10%) and 2000wd topic Essay (40%) and 2000wd Research essay (40%) and Tutorial participation (10%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


12 Junior credit points from Sociology



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Non-award/non-degree study

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Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.