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SOC228 Intro Environmental Sociology

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  • CRN: 41913
  • Credits: 4
  • Notes: Community-Based Learning Option - www.pcc.edu/cbl
  • Locations, days, times, and instructors:
    • Online, Available 24/7
      From September 26 through December 17, 2022, Kim D Smith

Class materials


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Details about this class

Our SOC 228 Introduction to Environmental Sociology introduces core sociological concepts and theories, as a social science, to examine the relationship between humans and the environment.  It explores central questions, research, and theoretical debates about the structural and cultural causes and consequences of various social and environmental problems and how to respond to these issues through policies and actions.  This course will help students develop the skills needed to think critically about social and environmental changes and the tools needed to address them.

Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Required Reading:

You will have two required course books for our class.  These are available through the PCC Sylvania bookstore and other on-line sources.

  1. Ecochallenge.org. 2018. Choices for Sustainable Living, Portland, OR: NWEI. (E-Book or paperback): https://store.ecochallenge.org/
  2. Quinn, D. 1992. Ishmael, New York, NY: Bantam/Turner.

Additional free articles and videos will be included in the course syllabus and modules.

The syllabus and assignment details will be available in our on-line course beginning the first day of the term.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns, at kdsmith@pcc.edu.



The course will be fully online and will not be using any special technology beyond our PCC Desire2Learn (D2L) tools and standard word processing programs for assignments.  Students will need to:

  • Be comfortable with our D2L Course page requirements to participate in discussions, submit assignments, and complete quizzes and exams.
  • Use word processing tools for homework assignments and the term paper, in a Word or PDF format, that can be uploaded to our Assignments folder.

Online class information

No show policy
Your instructor can mark you as a "no show" if you do not participate in your class during the first week. This will remove you from the class. It is important to log in as soon as the class starts to see what the participation requirements are.
Online & Remote Teaching Technical Requirements:
Please be sure to read the quick guide to Online Learning technical requirements.
Students with Disabilities:
Students with disabilities should notify their instructor if accommodations are needed to take this class. For information about technologies that help people with disabilities taking Online based classes please visit the Disability Services website.
Online Prerequisite | Start Guide for Online Learning:
Before you take your first online class at PCC, you must complete the start guide for online learning. The start guide will help you decide if online classes are right for you. Once you complete the start guide, you will be eligible to register for online classes.

The Start Guide is not required for Hybrid or Remote Classes but strongly recommended. To learn more, go to https://www.pcc.edu/osg