Welcome to the Research Guide for SOC 253: Environmental Sociology - Ecology and the Built Environment. Please use this guide to find resources for your paper. Please contact myself or any BCC Librarian if you have any questions.
Environmental sociology is the study of the intricate relationship between natural environmental and human societies. When in harmony, this relationship is symbiotic. When not in harmony, negative consequences occur for either or both systems. The current condition of environmental degradation, from high levels of industrial development and consumption, is seen as a negative imbalance between human action and the natural environment. The natural sciences may be well equipped to explain the physical abuses of the planet, but the reasons why our planet is in a state of degradation are best described by social sciences.