Environmental Sociology

By Dr. Satyapriya Rout   |   University of Hyderabad

The course "Environmental Sociology" aims to provide the students with a comprehensive conceptual, theoretical and empirical background to the interaction between social and natural world, by way of highlighting issues related to environment, sustainable development and resource governance. While enhancing the academic abilities of the students, the course intends to prepare them for further research in the broad area of environment and natural resource governance from a sociological perspective.
 The course aims to explore the relationship between human society and the larger natural environment. It is now acknowledged that environmental issues are inevitably social issues, and these can be understood by an examination of their social roots. The course therefore attempts to understand the social roots of environmental problems, and social responses to these problems. Besides, it examines the emergence of the concept of sustainable development, environmental conflicts and movements, and various approaches to resource use as varied responses to environmental risks.While attempting to understand the relationship between social world and natural world, it explores important theoretical perspectives like Ecological Modernisation, Treadmill of Production, Risk Society Thesis and Eco-philosophies. 

Learners enrolled: 1186


Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 15 weeks
Start Date : 15 Jul 2019
End Date : 30 Oct 2019
Exam Date : 09 Nov 2019
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Level : Postgraduate

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    Week 1 
    1. Introductory module to Environmental Sociology Course; (2). Emergence of Environmental Sociology I – Sociology’s Response to Environmental Issues; (3)  Emergence of Environmental Sociology II – Subject Matter and Recent Trends in Environmental Sociology
    Week 2 
    (1) An Ecological Critique of Sociology; (2) Paradigms and Perspectives in Environmental Sociology; (3) New Directions in Environmental Sociology
    Week 3 
    (1) Environment in Classical Sociological Tradition; (2) Environmetnal Sociology in India
    Week 4 
    (1) Introduction to Theoretical Approaches in Environmental Sociology; (2) Realism vs. Constructivism Debate; (3) The Environmental Discourse
    Week 5
    (1) Eco-Philosophies: Deep, Social and Feminist; (2) Treadmill of Production; (3) Ecological Modernisation Theory
    Week 6
    (1) Ecological Modernisation as Social Theory; (2) The Risk Society Thesis; (3) Living and Coping with World Risk Society
    Week 7
    (1) Environmentalism Around the World: Past and Present ; (2) Multiple Environmentalisms: Material and Post-material concerns
    Week 8
    (1) Contemporary Environmental Movements; (2) Environmental Movements in Global and Local Perspectives 
    Week 9
    (1) New Social Movements and the Environmental Concerns; (2) Political Ecology and Environmental Movements 
    Week 10
    (1) Environmentalism and Environmental Movement in India; (2) Ideological Trends in Indian Environmentalism 
    Week 11
    (1) Environmental History: Concept, Themes and Issues; (2) Environmental History of India
    Week 12
    (1) Resource, Property and Resource Governance Regimes; (2) Governing Common Pool Resources; (3) Collective Action for Governing the Commons: Theoretical Approaches 
    Week 13
    (1) Governing Forests as Common Property; (2) Governing Water as Common Property; (3) Common Property Regimes in India
    Week 14
    (1) The Concept of Sustainability; (2) Environment and Sustainable Development; (3) Environmental Democracy and Climate Change
    Week 15
    (1) Environmental Justice; (2) Gender and Environmental Debate - I; (3) Gender and Environmental Debate – II (Feminist Political Ecology); (4) Summary and Conclusion of the Course 
    Week 16
    End Semester Examination



    Dr. Satyapriya Rout
    Associate Professor
    Department of Sociology, University of Hyderabad (UoH), Hyderabad,
    Dr. Satyapriya Rout is an Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology, University of Hyderabad (UoH), Hyderabad, where he is teaching since August 2006. Prior to joining UoH, he worked as Lecturer in Sociology at Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi from February 2004 to August 2006. At UoH, he teaches courses like Environmental Sociology, Sociology of Development, and Contemporary Development Issues. Dr. Rout's areas of research interest broadly include environment and natural resource governance, environmental movements, decentralised governance and development. While inquiring into the question of community’s engagement with governance of natural resources, his research focuses upon forest and water. Dr. Rout was awarded Sir Ratan Tata Visiting Fellowship for his post-doctoral research at Asia Research Centre, London School of Economics & Political Science, London, UK during October 2012 - June 2013. He was also awarded UKIERI visiting fellowship at LSE, London, UK (2015 - 16); SSPS-IASH visiting fellowship at University of Edinburgh, UK (2014); ICSSR-NRCT Indo-Thai visiting fellowship (2011); Legal Pluralism visiting fellowship at University of Neuchatel, Switzerland (2009). His most recent publications are: "Sustaining South-east Asia's Forests: Community, Institution and Forest Governance in Thailand", Published in Millennial Asia (2018, Sage) and 'Gendered participation in community forest governance in India', published in Contemporary Social Science (2018, T&F, UK).


    “30 Marks will be allocated for Internal Assessment and 70 Marks will be allocated for external proctored examination”