Introduction to Sociology - Charlton 219 - 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
   Research Report 3 due LATE Apr 26

Click here for a review sheet for the final exam
Final Exam, May 1, 10:40am, Charlton 219

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


1) Read Online (free)

2) Download the PDF version (free)

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

Online Media B2: Youth on Climate Change


Access the main search link to the Library Databases (on the Morrisville College Library website).

Search for the terms climate change sociology and youth to find the article titled 'Climate change, uncertain futures and the sociology of youth,' by Rob White.

Click "PDF full text" to read, save or print the article. Answer these questions about the article:

1.What four social conflicts do the authors outline in relation to climate change?

2. Youth identity in relation to climate change, according to the author, will be divided into what two categories of belonging?

3. In what way(s) does the author characterize "survivalism" as a potential path of identity and behavior in a changing world?

4. In what way(s) does the author characterize "activism" as a potential path of identity and behavior in a changing world?

5. How seriously do we or should we take the problem of an uncertain future?

E-mail 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).


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Online Media B2:

Read Climate change, uncertain futures and the sociology of youth, by Rob White, 2011


Online Media B1:

Watch The Overpopulation Myth, with Hans Rosling, 2014


Online Media 9:

Read Who Rules America?, by G. William Domhoff, 2014


Online Media 8:

Read The Global Subordination of Women, by Cynthia Fuchs Epstein, 2007


Online Media 7:

Read Somebodies and Nobodies, by Robert Fuller, 2004


Online Media 6:

Read The Saints and the Roughnecks, by William Chambliss, 1976

6 degrees

Online Media 5:

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


Online Media 4:

Read Kingsley Davis's article Extreme Isolation (1940)

OM3a & OM3b

Online Media 3:

Read "The Culture of Fear" by Frank Furedi (Spiked, 2007) and Watch the Interview with the author of the book The Culture of Fear, Barry Glassner (YouTube, 9min, 2007).


Online Media 2:

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

Here's a video about FATE and FREE WILL that helps to explain the sociological paradox that lies between the forces of the individual and society.
Sociological Imagination

Online Media 1:

Watch this video about the "sociological imagination" and discuss your answers to the questions in an email to the Professor.



Recommended Reading:
Careers in Sociology


Topic: Individual and Society

Topic: Values and Culture

Topic: Socialization

FAÇADE v. REALITY         
Topic: Social Construction

Topic: Social Groups & Conformity

NORM v. ANOMIE          
Topic: Deviance & Crime/War

Topic: U.S. Social Classes

MATH v. HUMANITY        
Topic: Human Population

MAN v. NATURE         
Topic: Environment and Society

Dub FX - "Made"

Introduction to Sociology | Spring 2017 | Prof. Kurt Reymers