Air and water pollution, the destruction of the soil and rain forests, acid rain and global warming issues are all symptoms of human decision-making and social processes. This course examines the social causes of the environmental problems the world faces today by focusing on the industrial revolution, social structures, ideologies and values, population growth and distribution, urbanization, poverty, the status of women, environmental law and criminal activity, and public policy in economic and social realms as it relates to environmental issues.