Environmental Sociology


Environmental sociology provides insight into the complex social processes that define, create and even threaten our natural environment. This course gives tools with which to think sociologically about environmental issues, such as understanding how environmental issues come to be seen as environmental problems, and how political, cultural, and economic factors have come to shape our interaction with the natural environment.

For full course information see the Digital Course Outline for SOCIOL 229

Digital Course Outlines are refreshed in November for the following year. Digital Course Outlines for courses to be offered for the first time may be published slightly later.

Availability 2024

Not taught in 2024


Coordinator(s) Dr Manuel Vallee


A course reader will be made available if required.

Michael Carolan. 2017. Society and the Environment: Pragmatic Solutions to Ecological Issues

A selection of articles

A selection of documentaries (including The True Cost, and The Corporation)


Coursework + final exam


SOCIOL 229: 15 points


30 points at Stage I in Sociology or 30 points from ENVSCI 101, 201, GEOG 102, 205, or COMMS 102 and 15 points from ENVSCI 101, SOCIOL 100