Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC2097: Environment and Society

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

The structure and thematic content will include some or all of the following:
Introduction: Nature and the Environment in Science and Technology Studies
GM Foods
Climate Controversies and Consensus
Un/natural disaster
Scientific Uncertainties and Environmental Health
Wilderness Discourses and Social Natures
Environment and Social Justice
Making Species: Natives, Aliens and Endangered
Biodiversity: Concepts, Discourses and Practices
Experts, Laypeople and Other Animals
BSE Crisis – a British Example of “Risk Society”

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity22The module will be taught a combination of lectures and seminar based discussions, meeting for two hours each week. It is essential that students complete all assigned readings before class and be prepared to discuss them in class. The seminar portion consists of student presentations, group discussions or film presentations and media analysis.
Guided Independent study56Readings for seminars
Guided Independent study10Preparation for seminar presentation
Guided Independent study62Researching and writing the essay

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).