Environmental Sociology

(Course Code: 331Υ, Course outline)

Semester: 4 Teaching Credits: 3 ECTS Credits: 5 Type:


Prerequisite Courses:  Environmental Law Course type: General background Instructor: Iosif Botetzagias

For the students to understand, analyze and evaluate: the social construction of environmental problems; the structural factors leading environmental degradation; the factors which impact on pro-environmental behaviors; the factors influencing collective action for the environment; how the economic. technological and politcal changes affect the environment

Topics per Week: Introduction

The social construction of environmental problems

The contribution of classical sociology (Marx, Weber, Durkheim)

The New Ecological Paradigm

The social-structural explanations of environmental concern and behavior

The social-psychological explanations of environmental concern and behavior

The environmental movement: the role of values and norms

The environmental movement: resource mobilization theories

New Social Movements

Ecological Modernization

The Risk Society

Theory – Lectures
(hours / week)
Exercises – Laboratories
(hours / week)
Other Activities:  –
Grading: Written Essay 40%

Final written exam 60%

Notes: Available
Basic Textbook:

Μποτετζάγιας Ι & Καραμίχας Γ. (2008), Περιβαλλοντική Κοινωνιολογία, Κριτική: Αθήνα


Articles/Book (chapters) in English, for the written essay


The course is taught in Greek. For exchange students, English literature is proposed and examinations are given in English.

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