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Environmental Sociology

University of Hyderabad and UGC via Swayam


The course "Environmental Sociology" aims to provide the students with a comprehensive conceptual, theoretical and empirical background to the interaction between social and natural world, by way of highlighting issues related to environment, sustainable development and resource governance. While enhancing the academic abilities of the students, the course intends to prepare them for further research in the broad area of environment and natural resource governance from a sociological perspective.The course aims to explore the relationship between human society and the larger natural environment. It is now acknowledged that environmental issues are inevitably social issues, and these can be understood by an examination of their social roots. The course therefore attempts to understand the social roots of environmental problems, and social responses to these problems. Besides, it examines the emergence of the concept of sustainable development, environmental conflicts and movements, and various approaches to resource use as varied responses to environmental risks.While attempting to understand the relationship between social world and natural world, it explores important theoretical perspectives like Ecological Modernisation, Treadmill of Production, Risk Society Thesis and Eco-philosophies.



Week 11. Introductory module to Environmental Sociology Course; (2). Emergence of Environmental Sociology I – Sociology’s Response to Environmental Issues; (3) Emergence of Environmental Sociology II – Subject Matter and Recent Trends in Environmental SociologyWeek 2(1) An Ecological Critique of Sociology; (2) Paradigms and Perspectives in Environmental Sociology; (3) New Directions in Environmental SociologyWeek 3(1) Environment in Classical Sociological Tradition; (2) Environmetnal Sociology in IndiaWeek 4(1) Introduction to Theoretical Approaches in Environmental Sociology; (2) Realism vs. Constructivism Debate; (3) The Environmental DiscourseWeek 5(1) Eco-Philosophies: Deep, Social and Feminist; (2) Treadmill of Production; (3) Ecological Modernisation TheoryWeek 6(1) Ecological Modernisation as Social Theory; (2) The Risk Society Thesis; (3) Living and Coping with World Risk SocietyWeek 7(1) Environmentalism Around the World: Past and Present ; (2) Multiple Environmentalisms: Material and Post-material concernsWeek 8(1) Contemporary Environmental Movements; (2) Environmental Movements in Global and Local PerspectivesWeek 9(1) New Social Movements and the Environmental Concerns; (2) Political Ecology and Environmental MovementsWeek 10(1) Environmentalism and Environmental Movement in India; (2) Ideological Trends in Indian EnvironmentalismWeek 11(1) Environmental History: Concept, Themes and Issues; (2) Environmental History of IndiaWeek 12(1) Resource, Property and Resource Governance Regimes; (2) Governing Common Pool Resources; (3) Collective Action for Governing the Commons: Theoretical ApproachesWeek 13(1) Governing Forests as Common Property; (2) Governing Water as Common Property; (3) Common Property Regimes in IndiaWeek 14(1) The Concept of Sustainability; (2) Environment and Sustainable Development; (3) Environmental Democracy and Climate ChangeWeek 15(1) Environmental Justice; (2) Gender and Environmental Debate - I; (3) Gender and Environmental Debate – II (Feminist Political Ecology); (4) Summary and Conclusion of the CourseWeek 16End Semester Examination

Taught by

Dr. Satyapriya Rout

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