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Doing Sociology: Media Portrayals of [Over]Consumption
Kayleen U. Oka, Seattle Central Community College
This assignment aims to illuminate connections among consumption/capitalism, media/ideology and the degradation of the environment. It also serves to introduce students to the data collection method of content analysis.
Bioregion Scale: National/Continental, Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Social & Environmental Justice, Human Impact & Footprint, Pollution & Waste, Lifestyles & Consumption
Exploring Personal Footprints
Bev Farb, Everett Community College
Students apply the main research methods in sociology to explore their personal footprints (i.e., the global consequences of their individual actions).
Bioregion Scale: Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Lifestyles & Consumption, Human Impact & Footprint
Social Change and the Climate Crisis: Toward a Sustainable Future
Mary Lou Finley, Antioch University
Students gain hands-on research experience and increase their understanding of the applicability of theories of social change and further information about climate change.
Bioregion Scale: Global, Local Community/Watershed
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Lifestyles & Consumption, Human Impact & Footprint, Climate Change, Social & Environmental Justice, Sustainability Concepts & Practices
Sustainable Solutions for an Aging Population
Kathryn Keith, Pierce College
This activity will help students develop an understanding of the social and cultural dimensions of the lifespan, and in particular of the aging process; and, to further develop their ability to think long-term and multi-dimensionally as they apply anthropological concepts and approaches to a current issue in American society.
Bioregion Scale: Home/Backyard, Local Community/Watershed, Global
Bioregion Topical Vocabulary: Sustainability Concepts & Practices, Lifestyles & Consumption, Social & Environmental Justice