ENP-24803 Social-Scientific Analysis of Environmental Issues


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper1
Course coordinator(s)dr. M Smits
Lecturer(s)dr. M Smits
Examiner(s)dr. M Smits

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Continuation courses:

ENP-34306 Environmental Policy: Analysis and Evaluation;
ETE-25812 Environmental Project Studies.


This course provides an introduction to the theoretical underpinning of social science research through which environmental issues can be studied. But what is the nature of social science research? How is it similar or different from natural science research? What are some of the dominant underpinnings of social scientific theories and how do they influence different theories and approaches? And how do these insights change the way we analyse 'concrete' environmental problems.
The goal of the course is to teach students to understand the important role of different social sciences theories for the analysis of environmental problems. To this end, students will apply different theories to an environmental problem in an individual paper, and discuss their implications for the understanding of the problem during lectures and tutorials.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- explain the importance of theory for social-scientific research of the environment;
- compare the lectured theoretical approaches for researching an environmental problem;
- apply social-scientific theory to a specific environmental problem.


- preparing for and attending lectures;
- writing a paper in which you apply social sciences theories to an environmental problem;
- peer reviewing (parts of) the papers of other students and providing feedback.


- active participation during lectures and tutorials (30%);
- individual paper (70%).


Introductory book chapters and articles on various social science theories (provided in Brightspace).

Compulsory for: BESEnvironmental SciencesBSc5MO