Immersion Distinguished Scholar Workshop: Sociology

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Time of Event: 
Monday, January 11, 2016 - 09:00 to Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 17:00

   
The sociology workshop brought together five scholars to discuss theories and methods used in sociology to study socio-environmental questions and systems. Over the course of the first two days, each scholar presented two lectures on their area of expertise, and participants were given time to reflect upon and further discuss the content of the presentations in small group discussions and informal conversation during the second half of the workshop. Scholars focused their presentations on several approaches and methodologies used in environmental sociology, and specific applications in their own work, and situated this knowledge within the broader field of sociology.

Presenters & Topics Covered

  • Dr. Lori Peek, Associate Professor of Sociology, Colorado State University
    • Overview of sociology; Risk and vulnerability
  • Dr. Andrew Jorgenson, Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies, Boston College
    • Overview of sociology methods; Development, globalization, and longitudinal studies
  • Dr. Tom Rudel, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Human Ecology, Rutgers University
    • Classical sociological theory; Stratification and spatial methods
  • Dr. Riley Dunlap, Regents Professor of Sociology, Oklahoma State University
    • History of sociology’s engagement with the environment; Environmental attitudes, beliefs, values and survey methods
  • Dr. Dana Fisher, Professor of Sociology, University of Maryland
    • History of sociology’s engagement with the environment; Civil society, social movements and mixed methods

An edited video recording of each lecture is available below, along with a written summary of the lecture contents, an associated reading list, and the scholar’s slides. A full playlist of the video lectures is available here.

Event type: 
Immersion Workshop
Event Attendance: 
Private Working Group

Immersion Distinguished Scholars: Sociology

Monday, January 11, 2016 - 09:30
Immersion Lecture: What is Sociology?

Speaker: Lori Peek, Associate Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis at Colorado State University.

Monday, January 11, 2016 - 10:45
Immersion Lecture: Classical Sociological Theory – Marx, Weber, Durkheim

Speaker: Tom Rudel, Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Human Ecology and Sociology at Rutgers University.

Monday, January 11, 2016 - 13:00
Immersion Lecture: Contemporary Sociological Theory – Micro, Macro & Integrative

Speakers: Simone Pulver, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at UC Santa Barbara, with Dr. Lori Peek, Dr. Dana Fisher, Dr. Andrew Jorgenson, and Dr. Kristal Jones.

Monday, January 11, 2016 - 14:15
Immersion Lecture: Overview of Sociological Methods

Speaker: Andrew Jorgenson, Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies at Boston College.

Monday, January 11, 2016 - 15:30
Immersion Lecture: Sociology’s Engagement with the Environment (Part I)

Speaker: Riley Dunlap, Regents Professor and Laurence L. and Georgia Ina Dresser Professor in the Department of Sociology at Oklahoma State University.

Monday, January 11, 2016 - 16:00
Immersion Lecture: Sociology’s Engagement with the Environment (Part II)

Speaker: Dana R. Fisher, Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Program for Society and the Environment at the University of Maryland.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 09:00
Immersion Lecture: Stratification & Spatial Methods in Coupled Human–Natural Systems

Speaker: Tom Rudel, Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Human Ecology and Sociology at Rutgers University.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 10:00
Immersion Lecture: Risk, Vulnerability & Resilience

Speaker: Lori Peek, Associate Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis at Colorado State University.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 11:30
Immersion Lecture: Environment, Development & Globalization

Speaker: Andrew Jorgenson, Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies at Boston College.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 13:30
Immersion Lecture: Civil Society, Social Movements & Mixed Methods

Speaker: Dana R. Fisher, Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Program for Society and the Environment at the University of Maryland.

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