Courses Catalogue

Environment And Society

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Environmental Management, Bsc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description



The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the relationship that exists between man and the environment. Learners are equipped with knowledge to appreciate the interactions and interdependence that exists between man and the environment which is the source of the current increase in local and global environmental issues and consequently they are able to develop the necessary skills to overcome the impacts as a result of man’s interaction with the environment.





By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

§  Develop In-depth and analytical understanding of how humans’ interaction with the environment affects it. 

§  Examine the different processes through which man modifies the environment.

§  Apply the theoretical knowledge into practice in order to overcome the anthropogenic environmental issues.

§  Develop skills on how to minimize the impact of man on the environment

§  appreciate the role key players have in the management of the environment.




A student completing the course is expected to:

§  Discuss cultural linkages, both material and non-material, between humans and natural environment (e.g sustenance, shelter, consumption, religion and beliefs); compare cross-cultural perceptions of the natural environment.)

§  Describe the Green Movement and changing social perceptions of the environment as ideological forces.

§  Trace the impact of technological and economic development on human relations with the environment.

§  Discuss social inequalities in terms of their impact on human/environmental relations, with particular reference to issues of class, gender, age, ethnicity, and regionalism.

§  Review the development of human ecology with reference to both urban and rural environments; understand the implications of demographics for natural and social environments.

§  Discuss issues of development and environment, especially with reference to international and gender dimensions of development.

§  Review the potential of political and administrative processes for environmental regulation and protection, and understand their limitations.     

§  Identify and understand the potential of sociology to contribute to applied environmental studies, such as social and environmental impact assessments.                                                                               

§  Demonstrate an understanding of principle social factors in environmental degradation and discuss possible solutions to impending environmental cases.