*Sociology 103. The Sociology of Climate Change
The reality of global climate change poses a number of challenges for human society. Warming temperatures and shifting weather patterns will threaten the availability of water, food, and shelter; expand the geographic range of diseases; necessitate mass migration and relocation; and even spark political instability. The inherently social nature of these challenges highlights the value of a sociological approach to understanding climate change, and this course will provide an overview of this emerging field of study. Three central themes will guide our analysis: 1) the social causes of climate change, 2) the social impact of climate change, and 3) the social dimensions of mitigation and adaptation to climate change.