Environmental Sociology: Nature, Society, and Equity (at Grays Harbor)

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Fall 2017 quarter

Taught by

sociology and social statistics

What is nature? What is the relation between nature and human society? What is the role of social structure in shaping our environment? What are the underlying causes of environmental issues? Why are certain class, racial and ethnic groups more likely to bear the brunt of environmental consequences? What is environmental movement and how effective is it, and what are its limitations in addressing the environmental issues? How can we act as a community to create a more sustainable environment and more equitable future?   

This course is going to explore environment issues in the U.S. in the larger social context of increasing social inequality, consumerism, technological innovation and new economic reality.

Using environment as our subject of inquiry, we will study sociological theories and key concepts and critically examine their applicability in environment, particularly environmentally related public health issues. We will examine the social construction of environment, environmental justice and community action. Course activities will include lectures, seminar, and workshop, individual and group projects. Students will write seminar essays, self-reflection papers, and carry out a mini research project oriented toward action.

Program Details

Fields of Study

environmental studies sociology

Preparatory For

social work, environmental studies


Fall Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location

Grays Harbor

Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

Thursdays 6-10p at Grays Harbor College

Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online


2017-05-30New offering added (at Grays Harbor)