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R SOC271 The Politics of Food and Natural Resources Course Page

Description: Students will gain a sociological understanding of contemporary Canadian politics in the food and natural resources sectors. Examination of the nature of political organizations and policymaking in Canada; the particular roles played by the state, the "public," and certain sectors of civil society, including social movements, industry organizations, labour unions, scientific organizations, and rural and aboriginal peoples. Contemporary case studies may include climate change and energy dependence, genetic engineering in agribusiness, the organic food products movement, mining in the circumpolar north, forestry expansion in the boreal region and cod management in the Atlantic fisheries. Credit will only be given for one of ENCS 271, R SOC 271 or REN R 271.

R SOC355 Rural Communities and Global Economies Course Page

Description: The historic and contemporary role of rural regions and extractive economies in the global marketplace is discussed from a macrosociological perspective. Sociological concepts are applied to the study of the structural constraints and opportunities facing social and economic systems in rural regions. Prerequisite: *30 or more of university level course work.

R SOC365 Sociology of Environment and Development Course Page

Description: Examines the relationship between development and environment at the local, regional, national and international levels. Critically discusses development strategies, the environmental and social forces promoting them, and the distribution of environmental and social impacts. Also examines alternative development strategies, sustainable development experiences and relevant international policy.

R SOC375 Public Participation and Conflict Resolution Course Page

Description: The anatomy of environmental and resource management conflict is examined through a lens of critical sociological theory and deliberative democracy. Focusing on contemporary case studies of conflict in energy production, forestry, conservation and protected areas management, social practices and strategies for conflict resolution are explored. Prerequisite: *54 or consent of instructor.

R SOC400 Special Topics Course Page

Description: Individual study. Study of selected topic or problem requiring both written and oral reports. Prerequisite: consent of the Department Chair. Requires payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

R SOC410 Research Methods and Policy Applications in Applied Environmental Sociology Course Page

Description: Empirical applications of theory and methods used in environmental sociology, rural sociology, and natural resource sociology. Involves one or more case study projects that focus on conceptual understandings, field research methods, and policy analysis in the human dimensions of resource management. Prerequisite: R SOC 355, 365, 450 or by consent of instructor. Open to fourth year students in Environmental and Conservation Sciences (Human Dimensions of Environmental Management major) and BA Environmental Studies major.

R SOC416 Collaborative and Participatory Research Methods Course Page

Description: Designed for students seeking knowledge and skills for applied and collaborative social science research. Draws on diverse methodological theories with emphasis on themes, issues and tools needed for engaged scholarship. Credit will only be given for one of R SOC 416 or 516. Prerequisite: R SOC 365.

R SOC443 Resilience and Global Change Course Page

Description: This course explores the links between community and environmental sustainability using the lens of social-ecological resilience. What values/beliefs, knowledge, practices and norms have contributed towards the sustainability of local resources and ecosystems? How are small social groups demonstrating resilience in the face of larger scale political, economic, cultural, and environmental change? Drawing on interdisciplinary social science literature, the course critically discusses concepts, theories and issues of resilience from around the globe. Graduate students may not register for credit (see R SOC 543). Credit will only be given for one of R SOC 443 and R SOC 543. Prerequisite: *60 or more

R SOC450 Environmental Sociology Course Page

Description: Introduction to a field in sociological inquiry that addresses how individuals and groups influence, and are influenced by, natural resources and environmental conditions. Examination of individual-level influences, such as beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors, as well as broader social-level influences at the institutional and organizational level. Focus is on providing an understanding and appreciation for the interaction between human attitudes, behaviors, and organizations with other components of the ecosystem. Prerequisite: *60 or more. An introductory Sociology course is strongly recommended.

R SOC460 Perspectives on Traditional Knowledge Course Page

Description: Traditional Knowledge is recognized as integral to environmental sustainability and the social and cultural well-being of indigenous peoples. The course focuses on the development of Traditional Knowledge as a field of inquiry and policy debate in Canadian society. Critical attention to the history, politics and theory behind its definition, classification and use will provide students with perspectives on its importance in addressing emergent issues of environmental change. Prerequisite: *60 or more. Credit will only be given for one of R SOC 400-level and R SOC 500-level.

R SOC500 Research Projects in Rural Sociology Course Page

Description: Individual study. Investigations of a special problem involving field or library study and preparation of written reports. Prerequisite: consent of the Department Chair.

R SOC515 Quantitative Social Research Methods Course Page

Description: Principles and practice of social research within environmental and natural resource sociology. Topics include survey research, evaluation research, data collection, multi-variable analysis, and report writing. Prerequisite: SOC 315 or equivalent.

R SOC516 Collaborative and Participatory Research Methods Course Page

Description: Designed for students seeking knowledge and skills for applied and collaborative social science research. Draws on diverse methodological theories with emphasis on themes, issues and tools needed for engaged scholarship. Credit will only be given for one of R SOC 416 or 516. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

R SOC543 Resilience and Global Change Course Page

Description: This course explores the links between community and environmental sustainability using the lens of social-ecological resilience. What values / beliefs, knowledge, practices and norms have contributed towards the sustainability of local resources and ecosystems? How are small social groups demonstrating resilience in the face of larger scale political, economic, cultural, and environmental change? Drawing on interdisciplinary social science literature, the course critically discusses concepts, theories and issues of resilience from around the globe. Lectures and labs are the same as for R SOC 443, but with additional assignments and evaluation appropriate to graduate studies. Credit will only be given for one of R SOC 443 and R SOC 543. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

R SOC555 Advances in Environmental Sociology Course Page

Description: In-depth examination of a select set of current theoretical and empirical areas in the sub-discipline of environmental sociology. Examines the relationships among various environmental and social problems and how such problems and undesirable conditions can be and are being addressed. Prerequisite: R SOC 450.

R SOC558 The Sociology of Environmental Risk: Theory and Applications Course Page

Description: Theoretical and empirical research on the study of environmental risk in the social sciences, and their application in various institutional areas. Divergent theoretical perspectives on risk within the social sciences, directions taken by empirical researchers in the analysis of the construction and perception of environmental risk, as well as current institutional mechanisms for risk management and social impact assessment. Prerequisite: consent of Instructor.

R SOC559 States, Social Movements and the Environment Course Page

Description: Covers classic and contemporary theories of states and social movements and their application to environmental and ecological issues. Topics include the Environmental State; relationships among state and societal forces; sub-national, national, and international environmental politics; political distinctions among environmental and ecological issues; and the potential for sustainability governance. Prerequisite: consent of Instructor.

R SOC560 Perspectives on Traditional Knowledge Course Page

Description: Traditional Knowledge is recognized as integral to environmental sustainability and the social and cultural well-being of indigenous peoples. The course focuses on the development of Traditional Knowledge as a field of inquiry and policy debate in Canadian society. Critical attention to the history, politics and theory behind its definition, classification and use will provide students with perspectives on its importance in addressing emergent issues of environmental change. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Credit will only be given for one of R SOC 400-level and R SOC 500-level.

R SOC600 Directed Studies Course Page

Description: Analysis of selected research problems and design of research projects in rural, resource, environmental and development sociology. Prerequisite: Consent of Department Chair.

R SOC900 Directed Research Project Course Page
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