2023-2024 / ENVT0060-1

Introduction to environmental sociology, Part 1: Approaches in environmental sociology


8h Th, 8h Pr

Number of credits


François Melard

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course is about an initiation to a sociological approach of environmental issues. A particular look is done to environmental controversies and the dynamic to render them public.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The learning outcomes :
- learning of the particularities of the sociology of the enviromnent and its trends;
- capacity to read and discuss sociological litterature;
- understand the sociological arguments;
- Develop a critical and informed point of view.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills


Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Different tasks are ask to the students prior to the course : reading of articles, issueing questions, visionning video,...

According to the sanitary conditions, a part of the course may be given through distance learning.

Recommended or required readings

- Lascoumes, Pierre. 2002. "De l'utilité des controverses socio-techniques." Journal International de Bioéthique 13 (2):68-79.
- Gramaglia, Christelle, and Marc Babut. 2014. "L'expertise à l'épreuve d'une controverse environnementale et sanitaire : la production des savoirs et des ignorances à propos des PCB du Rhône (France)." [VertigO] La revue électronique en sciences de l'environnement 14 (2).

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Additional information:

The evaluation is done on the basis of :

- the work done in preparation of the each courses (readings, questions,...);

- a written exam.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


François Mélard

Mél : f.melard@uliege.be
Phone : +32 4 3663152

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