Introduction to Sociology - OnCampus SUNY - Spring 2017

Syllabus | Schedule | Media | Notes | Research | Grades

Week 14. Environmental Sociology

Apr 24: Read Textbook, Section 20.3
Apr 26: Review Textbook, Section 20.3
Apr 28: Course Review
   Final Plickers Quiz on Wednesday
   BONUS Online Media #2 due Fri 5pm

Final Exam: Mon, May 1, 1:20pm, Charlton 106

Click here for a Review Sheet for Final Exam

Here are some tips for exam preparation

Sociology quote of the week:

"Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth."
Henry David Thoreau - American Philosopher, Journalist, Poet (1817-1862)


~ Henry David Thoreau - American Philosopher, Journalist, Poet (1817-1862)



1) Read Online (free)

2) Download the PDF version (free)

3) or, purchase a print copy on ($20)

Online Media B2: Plan B: Mobilizing to Save Civilization (Part 1)

Plan B: Mobilizing to Save Civilization (15 minutes)

Watch this video and answer the following questions (numbers at the end refer to the approximate time in the video when each topic is discussed):

1. In his flight from Washington, D.C. to Beijing, what "distress signals" did Lester Brown see as a metaphor for climate change?

2. How long did it take for Arctic sea ice the size of the United Kingdom to disappear?

3. Where in the world is glacial ice melting fastest? What major rivers do these glaciers feed water?

4. How is glacial ice melting related to the possibility of widespread famines?

5. Why did Lester Brown travel to Beijing, China and how was he received?

6. What was the misunderstanding between the Chinese news mederator and Lester Brown?

7. Describe the link between food security, natonal defense security, and climate change.

your completed assignment to:, with the SUBJECT line to read: SOCIB2

Due on or before Friday, 4/28 at 5pm

Each week (see the course schedule) you will be reponsible for completing and submitting by email a weekly online activity. This may entail doing a reading or watching a video made available online, or performing some other kind of activity. Instructions will be posted weekly right here on the webpage by Monday and will be due (by email) on Friday at 5pm of each week. You should e-mail your completed assignment to, with the subject heading of "SOCI#" (with "#" being the number of that week's online activity, as noted above).

Note: for regular correspondence, do not use the above link to my email (or remove the automatic subject line heading) as answers with this subject line are automatically filtered into my email activities folder (and thus I will not see an email having to do with something else until the following week or later).


NOTE: Your course textbook is FREE and AVAILABLE ONLINE at:

[PDF version]

Textbook content produced by OpenStax College is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. This means that you are free to use the materials contained in this work for any purpose as long as credit is given to the authors. The book is NOT AVAILABLE AT THE COLLEGE BOOKSTORE.

Cite your textbook as a source in writing like this:

OpenStax College, Introduction to Sociology 2e. OpenStax College. 24 April 2015. Available at



Online Media B2:

Watch Plan B: Mobilizing to Save Civilization, feat. Matt Damon and Lester Brown, 2011


Online Media B1:

Watch The Overpopulation Myth, with Hans Rosling, 2014


Online Media 9:

Read Who Rules America?, by Willian Domhoff, 2014


Online Media 8:

Watch Richard Wilkinson: How economic inequality harms societies


Online Media 7:

Social Class in Traditional (Feudal) China (15:01), YouTube, Joel Sullivan, 2015



Online Media 6:
A) Positive Deviance in Viet Nam
, from TedX

B) Positive Deviance in Myanmar, from Malaria Consortium

6 degrees

Online Media 5:

Watch this video about the "six degrees of separation" (Top Documentary Videos, ~46 min)

OM4 Online Media 4:
VIDEO - A primer on Social Construction (YouTube ~10 min)
OM2 Online Media 3: VIDEO - West and East - Cultural Differences, EBS Special, 2012

Online Media 2: Watch this video about "common sense" and why it is a problem for sociological thinking. TEDx (2011) on YouTube (15 min).

Sociological Imagination

Online Media 1:
Watch this video about
the "sociological imagination"
and be prepared to discuss the questions in an email.


Recommended Reading:
Careers in Sociology


Topic: Individual and Society

Topic: Values and Culture

Topic: Socialization

Week 6: FAÇADE v. REALITY         
Topic: Social Construction

Week 8: JUDGMENT v. COMPASSION          
Topic: Social Groups & Conformity

Week 9: NORM v. ANOMIE          
Topic: Deviance & Crime/War

Topic: U.S. Social Classes

Week 13:  MATH v. HUMANITY        
Topic: Human Population

Week 14:  MAN v. NATURE         
Topic: Environment and Society

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