Environmental Problems and Society
In this course, we examine linkage between human society and living environment as well as the social and the natural. Roughly following the text, An Invitation to Environmental Sociology, we seek a critical understanding of the sociological concepts of sustainability and environmental issues including concept of ‘damage,’ framework of victimizers/victims relationships, sociological imagination, environmental justice, and so on. Some of these concepts are originated in the Environmental Sociology in Japan. This course is, therefore, uniquely designed to learn the knowledge of the Environmental Sociology in general and Japanese aspects of the Environmental Sociology.
This course has three objectives below:
１． You will learn historical stages and various types of environmental issues from some case studies.
２． You will understand the theories and concepts of Environmental Sociology.
３． You will learn historical process of how the Environmental Sociology has been established.