Society and the Environment Instructor Resources

Teaching Materials for Society and the Environment, 2nd Edition
Society and the Environment examines today’s environmental controversies within a socio-organizational context. After outlining the contours of “pragmatic environmentalism,” Carolan considers the pressures that exist where ecology and society collide, such as population growth and its associated increased demands for food and energy. He also investigates how various ecological issues, such as climate change, are affecting our very own personal health. Finally, he drills into the social/structural dynamics—including political economy and the international legal system—that create ongoing momentum for environmental ills.

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Consolidated Internet Links

Chapter 1

  • The Environment and Technology subsection of the American Sociological Association. This is an excellent resource for anyone interested in environmental sociology.
  • Videos of the late William “Bill” Freudenburg describing a host of environmental sociological phenomena—anything from the “the history of modern environmental theory” to “the ‘nature’ of sprawl.”

Chapter 2

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Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
  • Food Climate Research Network. An excellent resource for those looking for cutting-edge research dealing with the food system’s impact on the environment, in addition to many other agrifood-related issues.
  • Calculate the distance the food from your last meal has traveled (aka its food miles).
  • Resource Centers on Urban Agriculture and Food Security.
  • The website address for La Via Campesina.
  • Excellent short video about the movement La Via Campesina.

Chapter 9

  • US Energy Information Administration. This site offers a wealth of energy-related data for more than two hundred countries.
  • International Atomic Energy Agency. Information relating to nuclear power.
  • An extensive global wind-turbine and wind-farm database.
  • Union of Concerned Scientists’ site on clean energy. Publications available for download and blogs.

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

  • Two short films—Tackling Forest Governance and Justice in the Forests —about indigenous forest governance groups.
  • Elinor Ostrom explains her path breaking research.
  • An interview with a scholar who has studied REDD+ (see Case Study 11.2). Specifically, she explains the power and politics underlining this policy process, leading to its stalling out in some cases.

Chapter 12

  • Get the latest Human Development Index data and rankings here.
  • New Economics Foundation—home of the Happy Planet Index, among other interesting things.
  • The World Top Incomes Database. An excellent resource that illustrates how inequality levels have changed for many countries.
  • Information about the steady-state economy.
  • Nic Marks of the New Economics Foundations gives a TED talk titled “The Happy Planet Index.”

Chapter 13

Academic Disciplines and Courses

  • African Studies
  • Art and Architecture
  • Education
  • European Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Science and Advanced Math