Sociology (SOCI) 348

Sociology of Environment and Health (Revision 1)

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Revision 1 is closed for registrations, replaced by current version

Delivery Mode: Individualized study or grouped study
Audio component*.
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Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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Sociology 348: Sociology of Environment and Health is a three-credit, intermediate-level course that explores the relationship between the impacts of industrial activity on the environments in which people live and work, and the health of those exposed to these impacts.


  • Unit 1: Getting Started
  • Unit 2: Communities Organize to Investigate and Challenge Toxic Exposure
  • Unit 3: Popular Epidemiology in Contaminated Communities
  • Unit 4: Cancer and the Environment
  • Unit 5: Holding Governments, Corporations and Scientists Accountable
  • Unit 6: Exploring Industrial Agriculture and the Military-Industrial Complex
  • Unit 7: Environmental Justice and the Manufacture of Computers
  • Unit 8: Globalization: Computers


To receive credit for SOCI 348, is based on the grades you achieve on three tutor-marked assignments and a final examination. You must achieve a grade of 50 per cent on the final examination, and a minimum overall course grade of “D” (50 percent). The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

Assignment 1 Assignment 2 Assignment 3 Final Exam Total
20% 5% 35% 40% 100%

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Barlow, Maude, and Elizabeth May. Frederick Street:
Life and Death on Canada's Love Canal
. Toronto: HarperCollins. 2000. (Online)

Brown, Phil, and Edwin Mikkelsen. No Safe Place: Toxic Waste, Leukemia and Community Action, 2nd ed. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997.

Pellow, David. N., and Lisa Sun-Hee Park. The Silicon Valley of Dreams: Environmental Injustice, Immigrant Workers, and the High-tech Global Economy. New York: New York University Press, 2002.


Zuckerman, Francine, and Martha Butterfield. Exposure: Environmental Links to Breast Cancer (video). Toronto: Women's Network on Health and the Environment, 2001.

Other Materials

The course materials also include a study guide, student manual and a reading file.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1, Dec 23, 2005.