Society and The Environment

Degree Program: Social Administration (1st semester – elective)

Degree Program : Political Science (1st semester – elective)

Teaching hours: 3 per week

Course tutor: Ass. Professor Evripidis Papadimitriou

Course Description and Purpose:

This course examines the relationship between society and nature as a factor which created, and continues to contribute to the deepening ecological crisis. By examining a number of issues, the course aims to highlight the various facets of the environmental problem, the contributing factors and factor interactions between them and to highlight the relationship between environmental and social problems. For this purpose the course presents various theories and approaches to environmental sociology as well as key areas of sociological research on the environment.

Course Outline:

The course is developed based on the following topics:

– Aspects and dimensions of contemporary environmental problem.

– The development of environmental sociology.

– Theoretical approaches, issues and tools of sociological research on environment

– Anthropocentrism, ecocentrism, environmental ethics.

– Environmental crisis and social inequalities

– Public opinion, media, Economy and Politics.

– Environmental awareness and behavior: Value and other dimensions

– Environmental movement.

– NGOs, pressure groups and environmental policy.

– Designing environmental research.

Learning objectives:

The main objectives of this course are to introduce students to social causes and social implications of the global environmental crisis, to meet the basic fields of contemporary sociological research on the environment and to confront with their findings.


written exam

Essays (optional)

Participation in the design and implementation of empirical research (optional)