Department of Sociology


Course Code: 2320325
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 3(3-0)
ECTS Credit: 6.0
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Undergraduate
Course Coordinator: Prof.Dr. HELGA İDA RİTTERSBERGER
Offered Semester: Fall or Spring Semesters.

Course Objective

The students will be enabled to understand the basic approaches on environmental questions form a sociological perspective. A special emphasis will be given to a social, economic, political and cultural analysis of environmental problems.

Course Content

This course deals basically with the relationship of wo/man to/in nature or society to/in nature. Contemporary ecological debates in social sciences are explored by firstly giving an overview of the historical roots of environmentalism and then focusing on different approaches like: sustainability and Neo-Malthusianism, risk society, eco-socialism, ecofeminism, deep ecology and land ethics, eco-anarchism and social ecology.

Learning Outcomes

Driven by economic and political changes and by apocalyptic visions of global ecological crisis, the ecnvironmental question has taken center stage. In this course the learner will be prepared to explore different contemporary ecological debates in social sciences. These discussions will direct the participants to questions about the need of “a new environmental ethic”. It will also provide an overview of the main environmental movements in the global and national agenda.