Environmental Destruction

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Environmental Destruction or Economic Development?

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Under capitalism, who makes decisions about the natural world?

UVic Resources

Department faculty members researching and teaching in the area of Ecology, Global Issues & Social Movements.

Environmental Studies

Research on Environment, Climate and Energy

The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions

The Corporate Mapping Project

Research by Sociologists

Bowden, G. (2017). An environmental sociology for the Anthropocene. Canadian Review of Sociology/Revue canadienne de sociologie, 54(1), 48-68.

Carroll, W.K. (2021). Reflections on the Struggle Against the Free Trade Agreement (FTA), Three Decades On. Socialist Studies/Études Socialistes, 15(1).

Carroll, W. K. (2017). Canada’s carbon-capital elite: A tangled web of corporate power. Canadian Journal of Sociology/Cahiers canadiens de sociologie, 42(3), 225-260.

Davidson, D. J. (2018). Evaluating the effects of living with contamination from the lens of trauma: A case study of fracking development in Alberta, Canada. Environmental Sociology, 4(2), 196-209.

Haney, T. J. (2021). Disrupting the Complacency: Disaster Experience and Emergent Environmentalism. Socius, 7, 2378023121992934.

McDonald-Harker, Caroline, Emilie M. Bassi, and Timothy J. Haney.  (2020). “We Need to Do Something About This: Children and Youth’s Post-Disaster Views on Climate Change and Environmental Crisis.” Sociological Inquiry (Early View).

McMahon, M., & Glatt, K. L. (2018). Food crime without criminals: agri-food safety governance as a protection racket for dominant political and economic interest. A Handbook of Food Crime: Immoral and Illegal Practices in the Food Industry and What to Do About Them, 27-42.

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Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

Sociology Courses at UVic

If you would like to explore the environment, capitalism, and related issues in more depth, the Department offers a number of courses you might be interested in:

SOCI100A – Introduction to Sociology: Understanding Social Life
SOCI100B – Introduction to Sociology: Understanding Contemporary Society
SOCI103 – Settler Colonialism and Canadian Society
SOCI202 – Constructing Social Problems
SOCI207 – Ecology, Society and Global Change
SOCI210 – Classical Social Theorizing
SOCI215 – Class and Social Inequality
SOCI220 – Media and Contemporary Society
SOCI309 – Contemporary Social Theorizing
SOCI316 – Social Movements
SOCI318 – Social Change
SOCI321 – Work, Globalization and Labour Movements
SOCI331 – Politics and Society
SOCI355 – The Corporation, Capitalism, and Globalization
SOCI388 – Sociology of Food and Eating
SOCI436 – Issues in Sociology and Social Justice
SOCI437 – Issues in Environmental Sociology and Climate Change
SOCI438 – Issues in Contemporary Sociology
SOCI439A – Community Engaged Sociology I
SOCI439B – Community Engaged Sociology II