Syllabus for Environmental Sociology 09(2)

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Syllabus Environmental Sociology 01:920:359:01 TTH5, 3:55 to 5:15 PM, CDL-102 Spring, 2009 Course website:; look under '01:920:359:01 sp. '09' Instructor: Tom Rudel Office: Cook Office Building 202 Office Hours: Thursdays, 2:00 - 3:30 PM. and by appointment. Phone: 932-9169, ext. 317 Email: The Aims of the Course: If this course succeeds, it will help you sharpen your intellectual skills in three particular ways. First, you will begin to appreciate how societies and their biogeophysical environments simultaneously co-construct each other and co-evolve through time. Second, you will become more adept at understanding how political trends, economic forces, and cultural practices combine with environmental conditions to shape the impact that people have on their environments. Finally, you should become more aware of the particular ways in which gender, mass media, and science influence the ways in which people relate to their biogeophysical environment. Hopefully, you will be able to put these new understandings of the interrelationships between people and their natural environments to some tangible use in future years. Requirements : There will be two essay exams, two reaction papers, and an oral report that students will have to complete successfully in order to receive credit for this course. The reaction papers should be (4-7 pages) assessments of a question that arises out of the readings for the course. They will not require additional library research. I will give you the topic for each paper several weeks before the paper is due. The oral reports to be delivered in class will be short verbal answers to a specific question that we will be considering in class that day. The questions and the dates for the oral reports are listed at the end of the syllabus. You should sign up for a topic at the end of the first class. Active participation in class discussions will help you in the computation of final grades. The relative weights of each exercise in the computation of final grades will be as follows: the two papers (22% each) - 44%, two exams (25% each) - 50%, oral report - 6%. Readings and Classes : The readings in the course provide both conceptual and factual points of departure for discussions in class. To appreciate the significance of our discussions and participate meaningfully in them, you will have to have done the readings for that particular day. The readings are either from books to be purchased or from a set
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This note was uploaded on 02/23/2009 for the course PSYCH 830:101 taught by Professor ? during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.

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