Class Restriction And Registration Summary


SOC 23518 - Section 01: Energy, Society and the Enviro (CRN 18873)
Long Title: Energy, Society and the Environment

Course Description:
Do you turn up the heat when you are cold? Use a computer? Know someone affected by Hurricane Sandy? If so, you may know something about how energy affects social life in wide-ranging ways. This non-technical course will provide you with a broad overview of energy sources, their effects, and efforts to promote alternative energies. It draws on sociology, political science, history, economics, and technology. In the course we will first learn how energy sources have affected social life over the past several centuries and why - because of politics, economics, technologies, and geographies - certain sources became the norm. Next, we will analyze the present-day effects of energy extraction, especially on central Appalachia and the upper Midwest in the US, describing positive and negative consequences on income, employment, physical landscapes, and public health. In the third part of the course, we will examine ways civil society organizations have attempted to alter energy sources and their extraction, evaluate their successes and failures, and discuss the seeming intractability of conflicts. Lastly, we will consider ways to alter energy production and minimize environmental and public health concerns. Readings will be complemented by guest speakers and field trips. Students will be evaluated through a handful of essays and a final project that will employ original research to better understand local and national issues and energy's social effects.

Associated Term: Fall Semester 2013
Campus: Main
Credits: 3
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course may not be repeated

Course Syllabus
SOC 23518 Energy, Society and the Enviro

Must have the following Classifications:
Sophomore (02) ,  Junior (03) ,  Senior (04)
Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:
Employee Non-Degree (EM) ,  St. Mary's College (SM) ,  Undergraduate Non-Degree (UD) ,  Undergraduate (UG)
Must be enrolled in one of the following Campuses:
Main (M)

Course Attributes:
CSTE - CST Elective ,  ENNT - Enrgy Studies Nontechcl ,  ZTST - Final exam

Registration Availability (Overflow: Off )
  Maximum Actual Remaining
TOTAL 12 12 0

Crosslist Information
Class Information Maximum Actual Remaining
SOC  23518 01, CRN 18873  (Primary) 12 12 0
AMST  30503 01, CRN 19133   0 0 0
HESB  30611 01, CRN 19217   0 0 0
Total 12 12 0