Seton Hall University

Department of Sociology and Anthropology


SOCI 2311 (New title): Population, Ecology and the Environment


Industrialization and population growth have altered the earthís social and natural landscape, often times ln dramatically harmful and incompatible ways. This course will look at the relationship between social variables like population size, growth and distribution (demography), their relationship to urbanization and the physical or natural environment (ecology). the context for understanding these developments will be cultural (values, beliefs, ideologies, etc.) and economic (poverty, growth, etc.).

Demography is the study of whole populations of people in terms of their size, age, and gender distribution. These characteristics change when one or more of the following elements change: fertility, mortality, migration, health, and sustenance

Ecology looks at the relationship of populations, societies to their natural environment. The impact of both on one another. For this course, we are concerned primarily with the mutual intersection of life in society on the natural and geographic landscape, both locally and internationally.

Our goal will be to relate the variables identified above to concepts or events like modernization, fertility control, third world development, multi-national corporations, and environmental preservation.

Pro and con theories of population growth and control, modernization, and environmental preservation will be evaluated as well as policies and programs already in effect.


Select Reading List and Sources:

Alonso, William, Ed.. Population In An Interacting World. Cambridge, HA: Howard University Press, 1987.

Black, Kurt W.. Family Planning and Population Control: The Challenges of a Successful Movement. Boston: G. R. Hall & Company, a division of Macmillan, 1990.

Brodley, John. Victims of Progress. Mountain View, Calif: Mayfleld Press, 1990

Brown, Lester R. et al, eds.. State of The World l992. New York, New York. W. W. Norton.

Brown, Lester, Flavin & Kane. Vital Signs 1992: The Trends That Shape Our Future. Washington, World Watch Institute, 1992.

Brown, Michael. The Toxic Cloud. New York. Harper & Row, 1987.

Brown, Michael. Laying Waste: The Poisoning of American by Toxic Chemicals. New York: Washington Square Press, 1981.

Cable, Sherry and Charles Cable. Environmental Problems-/Grassroots Solutions. New York: St. Hartins Press, 1994.

Carson, Rachel. The Silent spring. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1994.

Edelstein, M. R.. Contaminated Communities: The Social and Psychological Impact of Residential Toxic Explosion Colo.: Westview, 1988.

Enrich, Paul R. fhe Populatlon Borb. New York: Slerra Club/ Ballantine, 1968.

Enrich, Paul R. and Anne The Population Explosion. New York: Touchstone, 1991.

Feagin, Joe R., and Robert Parker. Building American Cities: The Urban Real

Estate Game. Englewood Cliffs, NJ.: Prentice Hall, 1990.

Gore, A1. Earth In The Balance: Ecology and The Human Spirit. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1992.

Graham, Harris. The Sociology of Development. New York: Longman, 1989.

S. Hecht and A. Cockburn. The Fate of the Forests: Developers, Destroyers and Defenders of the Amazon. New York: Verso, 1989.

Hynes, Patricia s the Earth Right: Every Citizenís Guide. Rocklin, CA: Prama Publishing & Communications, 1990.h

Jamieson, Ellen. World Populatlon Profile: 1991. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Bureau of the Census. 1991.

Johnson, Warren. Muddling toward Frugality: A Blueprint for Survival in the 1980 Boulder: Shambhala, 1979.

Herman, W. Brown, and L. Martel. The Next 200 Years: A Scenario for America and the World. New York: William Morrow, 1976.

Kruijer, Gerald. Development through Liberation. Atlantic Highlands: Humanities Press Int'l., 1987.

Lernoux, Pat. Cry of the Poor. New York: Penguin, 1984

Lukmann, Niklas. Ecological Communication- Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987.

Overbeek, Johannes, ed.. The Evolution of Population Theory. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1977.

Hitman, Greg. The State of Nature: Ecology, Community and American Social Thought. University of Chicago Press, 1992.

Schnaiberg, Allan and Kenneth Gould. Environment and Society. New York: St. Martins Press, 1994.

Schueacher, EF. Small 18 Beautiful: Economics As If People Mattered. New York: Harper & Row 1974.

Simon, David and Eiltzen, Stanley. Elite Deviance. 4th Ed. Ed. & Brown, 1993.

Simon, Julian L. The Ultimate Resource. Princeton, NJ.: Princeton University Press, 1981.

Switzer, Jacqueline Vaughn. Environmental Politics: Domestic and Global Dimensions. New York: St. Martins Press, l994.

V. S. Naipaul. India: A X on Mutinies Now. Hew York: Viking, 1990.

Whitaker, Jennifer Seymour. How Can Africa Survive? New York: Harper & Row, 1988.

Whyte, William R. City: Rediscovering the Center. The York: Doubleday, 1988.

World Resources 1994 - 1995. Oxford University Press.

Zapf, Paul B. Jr.. Population: An Introduction to Social Demography. Palo Alto, CA: Mayfield, 1984.