AFR 211
Race, Environment, and the Body Spring 2023
Division II
Cross-listed ENVI 211 / SOC 211 / AMST 211
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This course is organized around three distinct, but overlapping, concerns. The first concern is how polluting facilities like landfills, industrial sites, and sewage treatment plants are disproportionately located in communities of color. The second concern is the underlying, racist rationales for how corporations, in collaboration with state agencies, plot manufacturers of pollution. The final concern is how the environmental crises outlined in the first two sections of the course are experienced in the body. In reviewing a range of Black cultural productions–like literature, scholarship, music, and film–we will not only consider how environmental disparities physically affect human bodies, but also how embodiments of eco-crises lend to imaginaries of the relationship between the self and the natural world.
The Class: Format: lecture; discussion
Limit: 20
Expected: 20
Class#: 3022
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, 2-3 short papers (5-7 pages), and a self-scheduled final
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: preference given to AFR concentrators, ENVI concentrators and majors, and ANSO majors.
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENVI 211 Division II AFR 211 Division II SOC 211 Division II AMST 211 Division II
Attributes: AFR Core Electives
AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
AMST Space and Place Electives
ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives
PHLH Nutrition,Food Security+Environmental Health
PHLH Social Determinants of Health

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