ENVI 250
Environmental Justice Spring 2020
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed ENVI 250 / STS 250

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How are local and global environmental problems distributed unevenly according to race, gender, and class? What are the historical, social and economic structures that create unequal exposures to environmental risks and benefits? And how does inequity shape the construction and distribution of environmental knowledge? These are some of the questions we will take up in this course, which will be reading and discussion intensive. Through readings, discussions, and case studies, we will explore EJ in both senses. Potential topics include: toxics exposure, food justice, urban planning, e-waste, unnatural hazards, nuclearism in the U.S. West, natural resources and war, and climate refugees. Occasionally, community leaders, organizers, academics, and government officials will join the class to discuss current issues.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 12
Expected: 10
Class#: 3576
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: several short essays, final essay
Prerequisites: ENVI101 or permission of the instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Environmental Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENVI 250 Division II STS 250 Division II
DPE Notes: This course will explore how unequal power leads to environmental injustice. Specifically, we will analyze how local and global environmental problems are distributed unevenly according to race, gender, and class. This is a service-based learning course, and students will hone skills to address environmental injustices.
Attributes: ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives
EVST Culture/Humanities
EXPE Experiential Education Courses

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