Apr 12, 2024  
Rensselaer Catalog 2022-2023 
Rensselaer Catalog 2022-2023 [Archived Catalog]

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STSO 2300 - Environment and Society

Society and the natural environment are crucially linked in a number of ways. Environmental problems such as pollution and natural resource depletion are not only problems for society, affecting the way people live their lives; they are also problems of society—the result of patterns of social organization and social practices. In this course, students will explore these society/environment interactions at various levels, from the local to the global, using the concepts and insights of environmental sociology. Environmental sociologists aim to understand the social origins of environmental problems and propose workable solutions to them. By showing how social interaction, institutions, and beliefs shape human behavior, environmental sociology provides a useful complement to the natural sciences in the analysis of the environmental problems faced today.

Prerequisites/Corequisites: Prerequisite: STSO 1110 , IHSS 1110 , IHSS 1240 , IHSS 1320 , or permission of instructor


When Offered: Spring term annually.

Credit Hours: 4

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