SOCI4316 Energy and Society

Course Description

This course will consider the social consequences of the economic and environmental impact of energy choices in the U.S. and globally and how they shape societal norms and values. It will develop a critical understanding of the social attitudes, norms, values and behaviors toward energy consumption.

Course Credits: 3

PrerequisitesSOCI1301 Introduction to Sociology

Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  1. To recognize how sociologists define the concept of energy and environmental change.
  2. To analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural, and global forces on energy and the environment.
  3. To define the differences between the two macro-sociological paradigms, structuralfunctionalist and social-conflict on energy and the environment.
  4. To recognize the continuing importance of ascriptive factors, including gender, ancestry, race and ethnicity as well as an individual's social class (income or wealth) in determining energy use in the United States and Globally.