ENV 783b (Tentative) () (Tentative) / 2021-2022
Field Course in Environmental Sociology
Note: this course information is for the 2021-2022 academic year, not the current academic year (2020-2021).
Spring 2022: Time and location TBA
This course provides students with a unique opportunity to engage environmental sociology through experiential field-based learning and immersive research. Using a case-study approach, the course emphasizes active learning and independent research about broad theoretical issues pertaining to human culture, politics and policy, values and religion, collective behavior and social movements, and institutional structures. An emphasis is placed on how these factors influence conservation and management, especially on western public lands in the United States. The central component of the course is a major field trip to western Wyoming, which is an especially salient context for examining these theoretical issues through the lens of water scarcity, population growth, income inequality, energy development, local knowledge, and tribal perspectives. The course meets throughout the term for instruction and discussion in preparation for the spring break trip, and it concludes with sessions where students present their research. Due to high demand in past years, the course requires an application.