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The Environment and Society (SA 371) (2014)
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     The Department of Sociology and Anthropology    Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences   SA 371-4: The Environment and Society, SA, Summer 2014 (1144) Instructor: Rich Hutchings Lecture Hours/Location: Wed 1:30 - 5:20 / HCC1325 Office Hours/Location: Wed 12:15 - 1:15 / TBA Email Address: rha42@sfu.ca Campus: Harbour Centre / Day / D100 Course Description Environmental issues are at the fore of contemporary public debate and public policy discourse. The Environment and Society provides students with the tools needed to frame, analyze and discuss such concerns in their relevant social context. Drawing on the disciplines of sociology and human geography, and using historic and contemporary Canadian, US and global case studies, this course examines such timely issues as the social production of ‘nature’ (including ‘natural resources’), uncertainty and risk, pop ulation and scarcity, energy and society, and sustainability, inequality and social change. Emphasis is placed on the way in which human societies  —  in their particular social, historical and cultural contexts  —  view and interact with the natural world. Canadian cultures and environmental issues are foregrounded. Grading Students must complete the following assignments in order for a final grade other than N to be assigned: Course Project, Media Review, at least 7/10 Weekly Reflections. Your final mark in the class will be based on the following: Weekly Reflections 25% Course Project 35% Media Review 20% Attendance/Participation 20% Academic Dishonesty and Misconduct Policy  The Department of Sociology and Anthropology follows SFU policy in relation to grading  practices, grade appeals (Policy T 20.01) and academic dishonesty and misconduct procedures (S10.01 ‐ S10.04). Unless otherwise informed by your instructor in writing, in graded written assignments you must cite the sources you rely on and include a bibliography/list of references, following an instructor-approved citation style. It is the responsibility of students to inform themselves of the content of SFU policies available on the SFU website: http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student.html.     2   Required Texts C. L. Harper and T. H. Fletcher,  Environment and Society: Human Perspectives on  Environmental Issues , Pearson Canada, 2010. P. Robbins, J. Hintz and S. A. Moore,  Environment and Society: A Critical Introduction , Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. Recommended Texts  F. Magdoff and J. B. Foster, What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know About Capitalism , Monthly Review Press, 2011. Prerequisite SA 101 or 150 or 201W.  Course Requirements Weekly Reflections: In weeks 3-12, all students will submit weekly a 2-page double-spaced (DS) reflection of the  previous week’s class . These summaries are due at the beginning of each class. More information about this aspect of the course will be provided in week one. Media Review: Weeks 3-12 will be divided between students who will be responsible for sharing/presenting (informal; <5min) their review of a recent media item of their choosing. Weekly media reviewers will also submit a 3-4 pg (DS) written review. More information about this aspect of the course will be provided in week one. Course Project: Each student will complete a major project for the course. The format is flexible and students are encouraged to be creative and choose a topic/format that is personal. Both a  project proposal (2-4pgs DS) (5%) and a final written report (10-12pgs DS) (30%) will be submitted with all projects. Students must have their project approved by the instructor in advance. More information about this aspect of the course will be provided in week two. Late Assignment Policy If you are absent from class, you must submit a digital copy of your weekly summary/reflection within 24hrs of class and a hard copy the following week. If either of these (a digital and hard copy) is not submitted, no marks will be given for that summary. No more than two late assignments will be accepted. Concession will be made if students provide a medical note for their absence/late assignments.      3   Schedule of Topics and Readings Week 1 (May 07):  Course Introduction / Thinking about Human-Environment Interactions Week 2 (May 14): Getting ‘Situated’   Reading:  Human Perspectives  (HP)-Ch1-2; Critical Introduction  (CI)-Ch1 Lecture/Discussion: Shifting Baseline Syndrome and ‘Nature’  * no weekly summaries due Week 3 (May 21): Resources as Sources and Sinks Reading: HP-Ch3; CI-Ch5 Lecture/Discussion: Thinking with Ethics Week 4 (May 28): Change, Uncertainty and Risk Reading: HP-Ch4; CI-Ch6 Lecture/Discussion: Thinking with Hazards and Risks Week 5 (June 04): Population and Scarcity   Reading: HP-Ch5; CI-Ch2 Lecture/Discussion: Thinking with Population ** Paper Proposals Due  ** Week 6 (June 1):  Energy and Society Reading: HP-Ch6 Lecture/Discussion: Thinking about Growth, Development and Progress Week 7 (June 18): Sustainability, Inequality and Social Change Reading: HP-Ch7; CI-Ch4 Lecture/Discussion: Thinking with Institutions Week 8 (June 25):  Markets and Commodities Reading: HP-Ch8; CI-Ch3 Lecture/Discussion: Thinking with Markets Week 9 (July 02): Political Economy  —  Environmentalism and Globalization Reading: HP-Ch9; CI-Ch7 Lecture/Discussion: Thinking with Political Economy Week 10 (July 09): The Social Construction of Nature   Reading: CI-Ch8 Lecture/Discussion: Thinking with Construction Week 11 (July 16): TBA Week 12 (July 23): TBA Week 13 (July 30): Course Wrap-up; ** Final Papers Due  **    4   Reading Schedule Summary Week Environment and Society: Human Perspectives on Environmental Issues    Environment and Society: A Critical Introduction   2 1 Introduction 2 Human Systems, Environment, and Social Science 1 Introduction: The View from Clifton Bridge 3 3 The Resources of the Earth: Sources and Sinks 5 Environmental Ethics 4 4 Global Climate Change, Scientific Uncertainty, and Risk 6 Risks and Hazards 5 5 Population, Environment, and Food 2 Population and Scarcity 6 6 Energy and Society 7 7 Alternative Futures: Sustainability, Inequality, and Social Change 4 Institutions and ‘The Commons’   8 8 Transforming Structures: Markets, Politics, and Policy 3 Markets and Commodities 9 9 Environmentalism and Capitalism: Local Action and Globalization 7 Political Economy 10 8 Social Construction of Nature Grading System  Undergraduate Course Grading System is A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D, F, N (N standing to indicate the student did not complete). Intervals for the assignment of final letter grades based on course percentage grades are as follows: A+ 95 - 100 B+ 80 - 84 C+ 65 - 69 A 90 - 94 B 75 - 79 C 60 - 64 A- 85 - 89 B- 70 - 74 C- 55 - 59 D 50 - 54 F 0 - 49 Deferred Grades (DE)  A temporary grade of DE will only be considered in the case of medical or other emergencies and following discussion with the instructor. Written documentation will be required in all cases. Centre for Student with Disabilities  Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need classroom or exam accommodations are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Students with Disabilities (1250 Maggie Benston Centre) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.
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