Special Topics in the Sociology of Deviance (Perspectives in Environmental Struggles and Deviance)
|Unit(s): 3.0||Level(s): III||Term(s): Fall||Offered?: Yes|
Welcome to Sociology 3GG3 - Perspectives in Environmental Struggles and Deviance. This course is designed to explore the dynamic relation the law has with accounting for ecological crime and deviance. Students will become acquainted with various theoretical debates in the field of “green criminology” and the law. In addition to offering multiple view points in this area, students will be exposed to case studies that demonstrate complex issues tied to the law, social ecology, and resistance. The case studies that will be explored will offer students a comparative perspective on these matters. The set up of this course requires that students undertake a critical perspective on questions about power, social control, deviance, the law and resistance. Due to the various perspectives that will be addressed, students are required to evaluate competing claims. Consequently, students will be able to identify gaps in the field. The grade breakdown of the course consists of tests and summaries, which requires that students manage an array of perspectives while also being able to extract salient themes from the readings. Overall, the course is designed to simultaneously challenge and enhance the learning experience of students at McMaster University. Students are encouraged to consult the link below to better grasp the learning objectives of the university and how it corresponds with this course.