Sociology (SOCI) 348

Sociology of Environment and Health (Revision 2)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online or grouped study

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. It also examines movements pushing for justice for migrant farm workers and preventing violence against health care workers.


  • Unit 1: Getting Started
  • Unit 2: How 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: Justice for Migrant Farmworkers and Violence against Health Care Workers
  • Unit 7: Economic Well-Being vs. Human Health—the Emergence and Roles of Social Movements
  • Unit 8: Case Studies—Environmental Threats at Home and at Work


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

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

All required materials for this course, including readings and videos, can be found online.

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 2, March 9, 2018.

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