ENVI 260
Design and Environmental Justice Fall 2022
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed ARTS 261
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This course offers key literature to examine the relationship between design and environmental justice. It will help build a vocabulary to study the environment and sustainability as disputed terrains between technological fixes and issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, and colonial status. Students will explore interdisciplinary approaches to design, environmental justice, and urban political ecologies, drawing on debates from architecture and urbanism, the social sciences, ethnic and queer studies, and new materialist feminism.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 15
Class#: 1995
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Class discussions and presentations, short writing assignments, midterm project, final 16-page paper.
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Preferences: Envi majors and concentrators, Studio Art majors
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENVI 260 Division II ARTS 261 Division I
DPE Notes: This interdisciplinary seminar examines the interrelationship between design and environmental justice from an intersectional perspective. It encourages students to develop a critical understanding of the role that technical rationality, devoid of ethics and respect for difference, plays in producing racist, heteropatriarchal, and ecocidal forms of oppression. In parallel, we will explore place-based practices that counter neoliberal and extractivist approaches to the (built) environment.
Attributes: ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives
EVST Culture/Humanities

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