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Introduces students to the sociology of nature and provides a solid understanding of human relations with the natural world. The unit covers three broad areas. First, global variations in human relations with the natural world, including cultural, religious and mythic dimensions. Second, historical changes, with particular emphasis on modernisation processes in the West. Third, theoretical perspectives that explain the social inundation of human relations with the natural world. Topics will include: a comparative analysis of hunters and gatherers, pastoralists and agriculturalists; nature, religion and myth; food and culture; nature and gender, the romantic movement and social Darwinism, environmentalism, wilderness and city natures, animal sentiments, risk and rights, nature and modernity and posthumanist perspectives.

Summary 2020

Unit name Sociology of Nature
Unit code HGA261
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology and Criminology
Teaching staff

Prof A Franklin

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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On-campus: 2 lectures weekly, 1 tutorial fortnightly

Off-campus: 100% web-based delivery


Quiz 15%, 2000 word assignment 35%, 2 hour exam 40%, Tutorial Assessment 10%.

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