for Juniors, Seniors and Graduate Students





SOC 422/522 COD 522


We will study natural resource and environmental issues such as biodiversity, tropical deforestation, soil erosion, air and water quality, global warming, acid rain, land use planning, population growth, conservation law enforcement, and sustainable development from a social institutional, public policy, and management perspective.

Meeting Time:  Thursdays 6:009:00 pm
 Meeting Place:  103 Jobe Hall

This is a core course in the Sustainable Development track of the
Community Development MS program, an elective in the Social Science Education MS program, and a concentration course for Sociology and Social Science majors.  The course will also be of interest
to students with other majors who wish to understand the social
dimensions of environmental issues and natural resources management.

We will read the following books in Environment and Society:

Michael Mayerfeld Bell. 2009. An Invitation to Environmental Sociology, Third Edition. Pine Forge Press, Los Angeles, CA. ISBN: 978-1-4129-5655-0.

Benjamin Kline. 2007. First Along the River: A Brief History of the U.S. Environmental Movement, Third Edition. Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Lanham, MD.  ISBN: 978-0-7425-5853-3.


Ramachandra Guha. 2006. How Much Should a Person Consume? Environmentalism in India and the United States. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA. ISBN: 978-0-520-24805-2.

Robert L. Fischman. 2003. The National Wildlife Refuges: Coordinating a Conservation System Through Law. Island Press, Washington, DC. ISBN: 1-55963-991-1.

Use CRN 17515 to register for SOC 422
Use CRN 17517 to register for SOC 522
Use CRN 17493 to register for COD 522


If you have questions, contact the instructor:


Dr. Alan Barton

37 Ward Hall