The Dust Bowl of the 1930s was the most serious environmental disaster in U.S. history, lasting for seven years and impacting the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. Read more about the Dust Bowl.
Voices from the Dust Bowl: the Charles L. Todd and Robert Sonkin Migrant Worker Collection 1940-41, Library of Congress, American Memory collection.
SOC389-002: Sociology of Climate Change
The course will begin by providing an overview of the nature, causes, and consequences of climate change; as well as possible ways to mitigate and adapt to such change. With this as background, we will then draw on your previous coursework in sociology to examine:
a) efforts to define climate change as a social problem;
b) the social consequences of climate change;
c) the social causes of climate; and
d) the social factors affecting the response to climate change.
Most attention will focus on social consequences, such as the possible effects of climate change on crime, social conflict, and gender relations.