Promoting a more sustainable world is interwoven within a power dynamic that is characterized by key questions regarding science and knowledge, nature and culture, environmental justice, and advocacy. This course explores these dynamics, and investigates the political and cultural basis of environmentalism and its manifestations.
The course introduces students to various theoretical perspectives for analyzing environmental and social issues, and explores how they are applied to various case studies. Each of the case studies will examine how the environment and environmental and social justice are defined from a scientific standpoint as well as in culturally specific ways by communities, activists, social movements, governments, and private sector actors enmeshed in dynamic power relationships.
The final project will involve a group project to design an interactive activity that communicates the specificity and complexity of a chosen case study to others in a creative manner.