• SOCS 325 Week 8 | Final Exam | Spring 2018

Final Exam – Page 1

1.   (TCO 8) As the Ojibwa people of Grassy Narrows found out, the symptoms of methyl mercury poisoning mimic the effects of: (Points : 5)

2.   (TCO 8) In Melanie Dupuis’s phrase NIMB, the B stands for: (Points : 5)

3.   (TCO 8) A University of Massachusetts study refutes claims of pervasive environmental racism. Which of the following statements characterizes how this study was conducted? (Points : 5)

4.   (TCO 8) Ulrich Beck argues that the driving force behind the risk society can be characterized by which of the following statements? (Points : 5)

5.   (TCO 8) Horizontal knowledge gaps are: (Points : 5)

6.   (TCO 8) Dialogue: (Points : 5)

7.   (TCO 9) The most important feature of the carnivalesque body is: (Points : 5)

8.   (TCO 9) Which of the following is a key characteristic of patriarchal dualisms? (Points : 5)

9.   (TCO 9) Through an ethnographic study of an English village, the author of our text demonstrates that: (Points : 5)

10.  (TCO 9) The poetry of the Roman Horace is used by the author to illustrate what point? (Points : 5)


Final Exam – Page 2

1.   (TCO 9) Who made the following statement: “In wildness is the preservation of the world”? (Points : 5)

2.   (TCO 9) “Human are part of nature and need to maintain a sense of balance and limits in an interconnected world.” This statement best describes which paradigm? (Points : 5)

3.   (TCO 9) What percent of Americans in a 2007 poll agreed that “there need to be stricter laws and regulations to protect the environment”? (Points : 5)

4.   (TCO 9) Approximately what percent of urban land is currently under cultivation? (Points : 5)

5.   (TCO 9) Of the world’s food supply, approximately what percent is grown or produced in urban areas? (Points : 5)

6.   (TCO 10) The dialogue of solidarities is comprised of which of the following? (Points : 5)

7.   (TCO 10) A nodal person is someone who is valuable to a social movement because they are: (Points : 5)

8.   (TCO 10) The “bottom-up” approach alone to creating an ecological society is flawed because: (Points : 5)

9.   (TCO 10) American pedestrians and bicyclists are killed at ________ times the rate of German pedestrians and cyclists. (Points : 5)

10.  (TCO 10) A focus on both affordable housing and land conservation, linking social justice and environmental goals in the best spirit of environmental justice is called: (Points : 5)


Final Exam – Page 3

1.   (TCO 1) Now that you have almost completed this course in environmental sociology, please describe what you think an environmental sociologist does. What have you learned about what an Environmental Sociologist does since you started this course? (Points : 10)

2.   (TCO 2) Give a few examples of how industrial activity has caused inequality in third-world nations and in minority populations. (Points : 10)

3.   (TCO 3) As an expert in environmental sociology, you have been asked to give a brief speech at a major international conference on the future of the world’s environment. What will you say? Be sure in your speech to say whether we should be optimistic or pessimistic. Justify your answer sociologically, drawing on material from this course on consumer products and services and how they will impact the environment in the future. Also, please be sure to describe how environmental goods and bads play a role in the future of the world’s environment in terms of social-economic status. (Points : 30)

4.   (TCO 4) It is well known by now that industrial production (consumer products and services) usually entails pollution of some sort and often hazardous production practices; yet this production continues. On what basis are these practices usually defended? What are some of the counterarguments? Compare and contrast how this relates to materialism and capitalism and some possible ways these hazardous practices can be limited. (Points : 30)

5.   (TCO 5) The development of a natural conscience depends upon the sense of a realm free from the pollution of social interests-a natural other, from which we may gain a sense of a natural me. But is such a realm possible? Can there be a moral realm that is truly free of social interests? Explain. Compare and contrast how we can still keep a free market, Capitalistic system without destroying our environment. How can we still have a free market and Capitalism and still maintain a sustainable society? (Points : 30)

6.   (TCO 6) The public health and environmental movements are sometimes at odds with each other. Why is this the case? What might be done to improve the situation? How does this relate to the role of producers and marketers in selling goods and services in a capitalist society? Compare and contrast how this relates to green businesses and our society’s ever increasing focus on being more sustainable. (Points : 30)

7.   (TCO 7) What do you think of Beck’s belief that environmentalism is the defining issue of our time? Why does he believe this? Do you agree or disagree? Please support your belief with facts and data from the course textbook and outside sources. Compare and contrast how this relates to population growth, poverty, debt, and hunger. How can ecological dialog be used to solve many of these issues in the future? (Points : 30)

SOCS 325 Week 8 | Final Exam | Spring 2018

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