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Science, Technology, and Society (S T S)

S T S 427W Society and Natural Resources (3) Analysis of the relationship between societal development and enhancement and natural resources.

S T S (CED/SOC) 427W Society and Natural Resources (3)

There is a common tendency to portray environmental and natural resource problems as biophysical in nature. The implication of this tendency is that such problems are best addressed by scientists and engineers who discover evidence of and devise new technologies to fix them. Another common tendency is to assume that people resist solutions to environmental and natural resource problems because of individually held anti-environmental attitudes. In contrast to these two perspectives, sociologists point out that environmental and natural resource problems often lie at the intersection of biophysical processes and social, political, economic, belief, value, and knowledge systems. The goals of this writing-intensive course are to introduce students to the complexity of environmental and natural resource problems and to teach them to think sociologically. In addition to reading assigned books and articles, students will participate in a simulation to negotiate a global environmental treaty, attend a field trip to learn about alternative energy strategies, and conduct research on a local environmental or natural resource issue. After taking this course, students should be better prepared to engage in debates with academics, politicians, and other citizens regarding the causes o and potential solutions to environmental and natural resource problems.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Fall 2015
Prerequisite: R SOC 011 orSOC 001

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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